- A further nine single-use plastic items phased out from 27 February
- Transition periods of up to 28 months to allow businesses to use up supplies
- Non-compostable takeaway coffee cups among items in Stage 2
- Compostable takeaway coffee cups continue to be available
The countdown is on for Stage 2 of Western Australia’s nation-leading Plan for Plastics with a further nine single-use plastic items to be phased out from 27 February.
Items targeted in Stage 2 include non-compostable plastic takeaway coffee cups,
plastic produce bags, cotton buds with plastic stems, expanded polystyrene packaging, expanded polystyrene cups, microbeads, degradable plastics, unlidded trays as well as lids for takeaway bowls, plates, cups, trays and containers, excluding pre-packaged food such as sandwiches and sushi.
From 27 February, transition periods ranging from six to 28 months will begin to allow businesses to use up supplies and source alternative products before the bans are enforced. The enforcement dates will range from 1 September, 2023 and 1 July, 2025.
Stage 1 of Plan for Plastics saves 430 million single-use plastics from landfill or litter in WA each year. Stage 2 will save an additional 700 million items annually.
Extensive consultation on Stage 2 was undertaken last year to gather community, Government and industry feedback. This feedback was overwhelmingly supportive with many businesses already using environmentally friendly alternatives.
More than 9,000 retailers, suppliers and community groups received support during Stage 1 through the National Retail Association. The Boomerang Alliance, in partnership with the State Government, is helping the hospitality industry adapt over three years through the WA Plastic Free Places program. Similar support programs will be available for Stage 2.
The State Government will continue to use a common-sense, education-first approach to enforce the bans. Retailers and suppliers not making any plans or effort to transition and deliberately continuing to supply banned items could face fines up to $5,000 for an individual or up to $25,000 for a body corporate.
For more information on WA’s Plan for Plastics, visit
As stated by Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
“We can be proud our State continues to lead the way in tackling single-use plastics. Western Australians have truly embraced our Plan for Plastics, and this is another positive step in reducing our impact on the environment.
“I want to commend businesses, retailers, suppliers and the community for their collective efforts to make Stage 1 such a success. Many have already made the switch to environmentally friendly alternatives and are leading the way in this next transition.
“We have undertaken extensive consultation with the community and industry, and we know this next stage is what Western Australians want in our journey to a single-use plastic free future.”
|Single-use Plastic Item||Transition Period||Enforcement Date|
|Microbeads||6 months||1 September 2023|
|Expanded polystyrene cups||6 months||1 September 2023|
|Cotton buds with plastic stems||6 months||1 September 2023|
|Degradable plastics designed to break up into fragments||6 months||1 September 2023|
|Non-compostable takeaway coffee cups||12 months||1 March 2024|
|Produce bags||12 months||1 March 2024|
|Unlidded trays||12 months||1 March 2024|
Lids for takeaway cups
Lids for takeaway bowls, plates, trays and containers, excluding pre-packaged food such as sandwiches and sushi
1 March 2024
1 September 2024
Loose-fill expanded polystyrene packaging
Moulded expanded polystyrene packaging
1 September 2023
1 July 2025