The Western Australia's Plan for Plastics was designed to be implemented in a staged approach.
The Stage 1 regulations came into effect on 1 January 2022.
Stage 1 regulations ban the following single-use or disposable plastic items:
- unlidded bowls
- drink stirrers
- drinking straws
- unlidded cups for cold beverages
- thick plastic shopping bags
- expanded polystyrene (EPS) takeaway food containers
- helium balloon releases
- unlidded takeaway food containers.
Enforcement of Stage 1 regulations commenced on 1 July 2022 for all items except for cups, which starts on 1 October 2022 to provide time for everyone to adapt.
We will take an education-first approach as part of the introduction of these changes. Compliance enquiries should be emailed to email@example.com or you can call 6364 6651.
Lodge an application for an exemption from the ban.
The supply of banned materials to retailers is strictly prohibited in Western Australia after 30 June 2022.
The Stage 1 single-use plastic ban refers to Australian Standard AS 4736-2006 Biodegradable plastics – Biodegradable plastics suitable for composting and other microbial treatment and AS 5810-2010 Biodegradable plastics – Biodegradable plastics suitable for home composting.
Copies of AS 4736-2006 and AS 5810-2010 are available for viewing free of charge at our office at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Prime House, 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup, between 8.30am–5pm on weekdays.
Stage 1 is being supported through a Plastic Free Places program delivered by the Boomerang Alliance, and a comprehensive supplier and retailer education and engagement program (delivered by the National Retail Association), as well as community education programs.
We acknowledge some people in the community require certain single-use plastic items to meet their needs. We have consulted with disability, health and aged-care sectors to better understand these needs and to allow supplies of plastic drinking straws where there are no suitable alternatives.
A Plastic Straws Working Group was established in February 2021 to ensure any regulatory actions to ban plastic straws will not negatively impact people requiring straws to meet their life needs (see more information on plastic straws). This group transitioned to a broader Single-Use Plastics Working Group to discuss actions for all of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 items, with additional membership ensuring all key sectors are represented.
More information on Stage 1 is available below.