Consultation opens on single-use plastic bans

  • Public asked to comment on Stage 2 of single-use plastic bans
  • New items phased out from next year, including coffee cups
  • Online survey and community consultation open until 18 November
  • Western Australians can have their say on the next phase of the State’s single-use plastic bans, with Stage 2 to be introduced from February 2023.

    Targeted items include non-compostable takeaway coffee cups, expanded polystyrene cups, produce bags, cotton buds with plastic shafts, expanded polystyrene packaging, microbeads degradable plastics and lids for takeaway containers, bowls and cups.

    Transition periods could range from six to 18 months to allow businesses to use up supplies and adapt to the changes before the rules are enforced.

    Eight community consultation sessions will be held online from late September to 18 November. A survey will also gather community and industry feedback.

    The first stage of WA’s Plan for Plastics has been enforced since July, banning nine items including plates, cutlery, drinking straws, thick plastic bags and balloon releases.

    More than 10,000 retailers, suppliers and community groups received support for the transition through the National Retail Association. The Boomerang Alliance, in partnership with the Government, is helping the hospitality industry adapt over three years through the WA Plastic Free Places program.

    To read the discussion paper, register for a consultation session or to complete the survey, visit www.wa.gov.au/planforplastics by 18 November.

    As stated by Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

    “It’s clear Western Australians support action on single-use plastics and have embraced the Stage 1 bans.

    “It’s time for us to look ahead to the second stage of WA’s Plan for Plastics and switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives.

    “Having your say will help us understand any community concerns and work through the rollout for a smooth transition.”

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