Information for retailers

Single-use plastics ban Western Australia

From 1 January 2022 regulations to ban the sale, supply and distribution of specific single-use plastics and the release of balloons inflated with a gas that causes it to rise in the air come into effect. The ban applies to all businesses, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors in Western Australia.

Penalties will apply to any person who supplies or manufactures and knowingly provides false or misleading information about single-use items that are banned under the regulations.

From 1 July 2022 penalties will apply for the sale, supply or distribution of the following single-use plastic items that are banned under the Environmental Protection (Prohibited Plastics and Balloons) Regulations 2018: 

  • plates
  • bowls
  • cutlery
  • drink stirrers
  • drinking straws
  • thick plastic bags 
  • expanded polystyrene (EPS) food containers

From 1 July 2022 penalties under the Environmental Protection (Prohibited Plastics and Balloons) Regulations 2018 will also apply to individuals for the release of a balloon inflated with gas that causes it to rise in the air. 

From 1 October 2022 penalties will apply for the sale, supply or distribution of single-use plastic cups.

The supply of plastic drinking straws is permitted in specific circumstances. Some exemptions apply to the single-use plastic bans, with further information available in the factsheets.

Need help?

The WA State Government has engaged the National Retail Association (NRA) to help support businesses to comply with the ban and identify suitable alternatives. The NRA has a toll-free phone line (1800 817 723) to respond to questions from businesses. A dedicated website is being developed and will include information about the ban and outline key steps to manage Stage 1 implementation. It will also have a schedule of retailer workshops and a range of resources including staff training kits and signage. 

Stage 1 is also being supported through the Plastics Free Program. More information on this program is available here

General fact sheet information about the Stage 1 bans, and frequently asked questions are provided below. For further information please contact the NRA or the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. 

Factsheets and FAQ

Stage 1 ban – Expanded polystyrene (EPS) food container
Page reviewed 17 December 2021