From 1 February 2023, single-use plastics will be banned in Victoria.
Here’s what you need to know!
Why is Victoria banning single-use plastics?
The Victorian Government are banning single-use plastics as they make up a third of our litter, and increase our pollution, causing environmental damage. These plastics are also hard to dispose of correctly and linger for years.
What single-use plastics are included in the ban?
- Drinking straws
- Cutlery including knives, forks, spoons, chopsticks and sporks
- Drink stirrers and sticks
- Cotton bud sticks
- Expanded polystyrene
Who does the ban affect?
The ban applies to all Victorian businesses and organisations.
It is their responsibility to not sell or supply any single-use plastics after 1 February 2023.
What are the exemptions?
- Single-use plastic drinking straws for people who need them due to a disability or for medical reasons
- Single-use plastic cotton bud sticks for testing carried out for scientific, medical, forensic or law enforcement purposes
- Single-use plastic cutlery, where required, in correctional and mental health facilities to prevent physical harm or injury
- Until 1 November 2024 paper or cardboard plates lined with plastic
- Until 1 January 2026 any single-use plastic item that is integrated into food or drink packaging (e.g., a single-use plastic spoon included in a yogurt tub).
Source: Victorian Government
How will the ban be enforced?
The ban will be enforced from 1 February 2023. Penalties will apply if you continue to use single-use plastics, unless you have an exemption.
Business resources and tips to incorporate reusables
Businesses should now try to incorporate reusables into their operations and encourage customers to bring their own containers to avoid using single-use items.
However, if you still want to use single-use items, you can use materials such as paper, wood or bamboo.
Here are some resources to use:
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