Single-use plastic items ban

Queensland's ban on the supply of single-use plastic items started on 1 September 2021.

The single-use plastic items ban is part of Queensland's plan to tackle plastic pollution and follows strong support from the community, retailers and industry organisations.

Banned items

Banned single-use items are:

  • single-use plastic straws
  • plastic stirrers and swizzle sticks
  • plastic plates
  • unenclosed plastic bowls
  • plastic forks, spoons, knives, splayds, chopsticks, and food picks
  • expanded polystyrene (EPS) takeaway food containers
  • expanded polystyrene (EPS) cups.

Preparing your business

If you own or operate a business that uses banned items (e.g. restaurants, cafes, takeaway food shops, party suppliers, supermarkets), you can no longer provide these to your customers.

To find out what your options are, follow the 3 steps to prepare your business on the Queensland single-use plastic items ban website.

If you are a supplier, distributor or wholesaler of banned items, you may continue to supply to a business if you have a reasonable belief they are an exempt business.

Read more about how the ban is being enforced.

Exempt businesses

The following exempt businesses can continue to use banned items:

  • clinics or facilities that provide care to persons with disability or healthcare needs
  • hospitals
  • dental clinics
  • medical clinics
  • pharmacies
  • aged care facilities
  • medical suppliers.

What your business can do now

As a business owner/operator, firstly identify if you still need to provide banned items to your customers, and if so, find out what items you can replace them with. If you have excess stock, you may also wish to contact your supplier to find out about their returns policy.

The Queensland Government, in partnership with the National Retail Association (NRA), is working with retailers and suppliers to ensure they understand and comply with the single-use plastic items ban, including options to manage excess stock.

Visit the Queensland single-use plastic items ban website for more information or phone the hotline on 1800 844 946.

For more information about the ban, contact the following Single-use Plastic Items Ban Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) organisations:

Single-use plastics ban video

Watch this video to learn more about the ban.

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Small business hotline: 1300 654 687

General enquiries: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)