Applications for a single-use plastic exemption

How to apply for an exemption for a prescribed plastic item or prescribed plastic drinking straw

The Environmental Protection (Prohibited Plastics and Balloons) Regulations 2018 prohibit the sale and supply of prescribed plastic items, prescribed drinking straws and the release of helium balloons.

Under the regulations, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) can provide an exemption to a person or class of persons for a prescribed plastic item or prescribed drinking straw, for a specified, kind or in specified circumstances, or both, where the CEO considers that it is reasonably necessary to do so. Exemptions must be granted for a specified period and can be subject to conditions. Where significant numbers of applications are received of a similar type, the CEO may elect to provide an exemption to a class of persons rather than to individual people.

To meet the goals of Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics (June 2021) the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) will use the Single-use plastics exemption application considerations to guide decisions on exemption applications.

What plastic items can I apply for an exemption for? 

Exemptions can be applied for prescribed plastic cups, bowls, plates, non-polystyrene food containers, cutlery, drink stirrers, expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and drinking straws.  

Exemptions cannot be given for the supply of prescribed plastic bags.

Who can apply for an exemption?

Any person, company/business, local or state authority can submit an application for exemption under the regulations for a prescribed plastic item or prescribed plastic drinking straw.

When can I apply?

Exemptions can be applied for at any time. 

How do I apply for an exemption?

Applications for exemption can be made by completing and submitting the Application form: Single-use plastics exemption.

For more information about how to apply and what information is required see our Procedure: Applying for a single-use plastic exemption.

How will my application be assessed?

The department assessment will be guided by the exemption application considerations. External advice may be sought where expertise is required in a relevant field (e.g. health advice).

How will I be notified of the decision?

Once an application is determined the decision is communicated to the applicant(s) by email or letter. The decision to grant an exemption will also be published on our website. 

Current exemptions

The following table provides a list of current exemptions and the persons and items they apply to.

Exemption Number Exemption Holder Applicable exemption consideration Exempt item(s)  Expiry Date
SUP0001/2022/1 Suppliers and purchasers of the prescribed plastic items listed in Table 1 of this Exemption Notice Transitional supply, pending AS4736 or AS5810 certification Plastic lined paperboard cups, bowls or food containers 30 June 2023
SUP0017/2022/1 Armadale Health Service (trading under the Metropolitan Health Service) Safety and/or security requirement Plastic cutlery comprising knives, spoons and forks 16 August 2024

Need help?

If you need help to complete your application or have any questions relating to the assessment process, please contact the single-use plastics team via email at plastic-action@dwer.wa.gov.au or phone us on 6364 7000 and ask for the single-use plastics team.

Page reviewed 21 September 2022