Pack your reusables, it’s time to reduce our plastic pollution!
From 1 February 2023 the Victorian Government is banning the following single-use plastics from sale and supply:
- Drinking straws
- Cutlery and plates
- Drink stirrers and sticks
- Cotton bud sticks and,
- Expanded polystyrene food and drink containers.
Items made from conventional, degradable and compostable plastics, including bioplastic and oxo-degradable materials, will be included in the ban. The ban will affect retail and hospitality, businesses, suppliers and other businesses, organisations and non-for profits such as hospitals, sports clubs and schools.
Single use plastics are used briefly but go on to remain in the environment for a long time, making up over a third of all litter. They are difficult to recycle and are a common contaminant in recycling facilities. By banning single use plastics we can minimise waste to landfill, reduce plastic pollution, and protect our wildlife and environment.
There are many great reusable options and alternative single use items to be considered, such as:
- Cutlery made from stainless steel, bamboo or heavyweight plastic that can be reused.
- Reusable glass, heavyweight plastic, or metal containers/cups.
- Straws made from bamboo, stainless steel, or silicone.
- Cotton pads or buds with bamboo sticks.
Visit Single Use Plastics Ban and Sustainability Victoria for more information and support.