Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics

Stage 1 of WA’s Plan for Plastics is now complete and consultation on the Stage 2 regulations has closed. The proposal was open for feedback from 23 September 2022 to 18 November 2022.
Plan for plastics fast tracked

The sale or supply of single-use plastic cold beverage cups has been banned since Saturday 1 October, completing Stage 1 of WA’s Plan for Plastics

Plastics have become part of our everyday life. They are inexpensive, convenient and used in many applications. However, the single-use nature of many of these plastics contributes to a wasteful, take-make-dispose economy.

On 13 June 2021, the State Government announced Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics.

The Plan for Plastics was released in response to community feedback and provides a roadmap towards a more sustainable, plastic-free WA. The plan is consistent with the waste hierarchy by promoting actions that:

  • prioritise avoiding single-use plastics
  • replace single-use items with reusable alternatives wherever possible
  • promote non-plastic single-use alternatives that can be recovered, recycled or composted if it is not possible to use reusable items
  • minimise litter or contamination of waste treatment facilities by not using single-use plastic

The plan includes introducing regulations to ban single-use plastic items in a two-stage approach. Stage 1 (short-term actions) regulations started on 1 January 2022 and Stage 1 has now been completed. Stage 2 (medium-term actions) regulations start in February 2023 with a variety of transition periods for enforcement, depending on the item.

The Stage 1 bans included: 

Single-Use plastic ban plates Western Australia
  • plates
  • unlidded bowls
  • cutlery
  • 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.

Find out more about the Stage 1 ban, its implementation and supporting resources.

We will take an education-first approach as part of the introduction of these changes.

Stage 2 single-use or disposable plastic items to be phased out from February 2023 include:

  • expanded polystyrene packaging
  • degradable plastics (plastics designed to break up more rapidly into fragments under certain conditions).
  • barrier/produce bags
  • expanded polystyrene cups
  • coffee cups and lids
  • lids for cups, bowls and takeaway food containers
  • cotton buds with plastic shafts, and
  • microbeads.

Find out more about Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics Stage 2.

Community awareness resources

SUP campaign material

Download social media tiles, web banners, video ads, radio ads, print ads

 

 

 

Plastic Free Places

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Read the information about Plastic Free Places

 

 

 

Single-Use Plastic Working Group

Single-Use Plastic Working Group

Visit our web page about the Single-Use Plastic Working Group

 

 

 

 

Previous consultations

Feedback on the Let’s not draw the short straw – reduce single-use plastics issues paper indicated there is strong community support for action to reduce the impacts of single-use plastics.

We engaged with government and key stakeholders in the lead up to the Stage 1 bans to ensure the actions were well considered.

A consultation period to provide input and feedback on Stage 2 regulations was open from September to November 2022.

For further information

Please complete the form below to register your interest for future single-use plastic information.

For further information on reducing waste visit wastesorted.wa.gov.au.  

 
Page reviewed 16 January 2023