single use plastic ban

More single-use plastic items are being phased out in Queensland

Over the next 5 years, the Queensland Government will implement bans and other measures to help minimise waste and protect our environment. The National Retail Association has been engaged to help businesses learn more about these initiatives and how to move towards more sustainable choices

From businesses in Queensland are no longer able to supply:


Plastic shopping bags which do not meet new requirements


Expanded polystyrene loose-fill packaging


Cotton buds with plastic stems


Plastic microbeads

The release of a lighter-than-air balloon will also be banned.

The following items are in Queensland.


Single-use plastic straws & stirrers


Single-use plastic cutlery


Single-use plastic bowls & plates


Expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers & cups

Some exemptions apply


Transition Support Program

The Queensland Government will pursue an education-first approach and are committed to working with businesses to achieve the best environmental outcomes, while minimising unnecessary impacts to business.

To further assist businesses, the National Retail Association is providing a Transition Support Program which can provide a time-limited pause on enforcement for businesses which provide evidence they are experiencing genuine challenges outside their control, but have a clear plan and commitment to become compliant. To be eligible for this program, businesses must fulfil specific supply and reporting obligations.

Applications can be submitted below or by contacting NRA.


Free information sessions are being held online from June 2023.

These sessions are designed for all businesses (of any size or type) to receive an overview of the ban, ask questions, receive practical advice, and hear what other businesses are doing.

The National Retail Association team is visiting thousands of retailers across the state.

Check out what other retailers are doing to comply with the ban.

At Reno Fine Patisserie, Warrigal Square, it's all about smiles and tasty treats 😍 If you’re in the area, grab a coffee, served with a friendly hello from Kanako ☕️ 😊 #plasticsbanqld #realretail_au
Meet Vinnie at Fish 218, Eight Mile Plains Shopping Centre – your destination for the tastiest fish and chips in the neighborhood. Simple perfection, every time! 🤗🐟 #plasticsbanqld #realretail_au
Indulge in the magic of handcrafted artisan treats this Christmas! Visit Gina at Jocelyn's Provisions, Camp Hill Market Place. Their delectable baked goodies, beautifully packed in cardboard containers, make the perfect festive gift 🍪🎁✨🎄 #plasticsbanqld #realretail_au
Fresh picks and friendly faces at Homestead Market, Park Ridge Shopping Villiage. G and the team make your produce shopping simple and delightful. 🥥🥦🥬 #plasticsbanqld #realretail_au
Ever found yourself in need of a plastic bag for your bubble tea? Lily from Cha Time, Market Central Lutwyche, is thrilled to introduce you to their new cardboard cup holders with handles! 🧋😍🤗 #plasticsbanqld #realretail_au
Searching for the ultimate Christmas treat? Drop by @mamamacsmacarons at Yamanto Central and give a warm greeting to Nicole and her team! 🎄😍 #plasticsbanqld #realretail_au
Craving delicious baked treats during your Park Ridge visit? Look no more – Susan, the delightful owner of Park Ridge Bakery will be more than happy to assist 🥰 #qldplasticsban #realretail_au
JD at Hive Marketplace on Brisbane Road, Ipswich, takes pride in her work. Visit her shop to discover incredible handcrafted goodies – perfect pickups for Christmas! 🎅🎁 

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Exploring the Yamanto Area? Swing by Lost Vintage and greet Orlando, your go-to for quality vintage threads at Yamanto Central! And BYO bag too, to complete the look 😉#qldplasticsban #realretail_au
Juliet is dedicated to crafting delectable baked treats at Pappa Roti in Warrigal Square. Experience smiles and a sweet aroma as soon as you step in! #qldplasticsban #realretail_au
Quick thinking by Capital Chemist when most of their parking spaces were taken up by the ABC film crew. 
Olivia is ready to serve up some delicious drinks and food. Come and check out the Majura Bar and Grill. It opened today!!
Look at these gorgeous bags that Kaitlyn is showing off. Nice and colourful for Christmas and such a great alternative to plastic bags.
Work Wear Outlet shop in Westfield Belconnen is giving their customers plenty of warning to bring in their own bags in the New Year
Hawker Butchery & Bonza Bangers at Hawker Place is giving his customers plenty of notice re the upcoming bag ban
Rebecca in front of her collection of wool. She also sells lots of other craft items and lovely craft sets for children
Rebecca from the The Little Spoon Co, Logan always serves food and drinks using a full range of eco-friendly food ware. Using items like wooden cutlery, paper straws and cardboard takeaway containers helps minimise the damage that excess plastic causes to our natural environment. If you’re in the Logan Hyperdome, be sure to give Rebecca a visit for delicious coffee and a wide range of mouthwatering food options! @thelittlespoonco 

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Steven from Vault Games, Clayfield offers customers these stylish and eco-friendly paper bags for their convenience. Reusing bags like these helps reduce the damage that excess plastic causes to our natural environment. If you’re in Clayfield, give Steven a visit for a huge range of craft and hobby items, as well as a wide range of tabletop gaming accessories! @vaultgamescly 

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It really is great seeing so many businesses switching from plastic bags to eco-friendly paper alternatives! The team here at My Beer Dealer, Morningside are leading by example. Great work, team!
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Stef, Liv and Queen from Kusuka Corner, Sunnybank serve all of their delicious food and beverages using eco-friendly food ware. Using items like paper straws, cardboard takeaway containers and wooden cutlery all serve a purpose in minimising the damage that excess plastics can cause to our natural environment, and the girls here are doing a great job of that! If you’re in Sunnybank, come visit the team for a wide range of yummy treats and delicious coffee! @kusuka.corner 

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Dom from Poppy’s Coffee Spot, Morningside always serves food and drink using a full range of eco-friendly food ware. Dom is very conscious of the steps he can take to ensure his business operates with the environment in mind, and always encourages others to do the same. If you’re ever in Morningside, be sure to give Dom a visit for some delicious coffee and a wide range of food and treats! @poppyscoffeespot 

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