Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics

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

The  sale or supply of single-use plastic cold beverage cups has been banned from 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 commenced from 1 January 2022 and has now been completed. Stage 2 (medium-term actions) regulations commence in February 2023 with various transition periods for enforcement based on each 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.

Email compliance enquiries to complianceforplastics@dwer.wa.gov.au or call 6364 6651.

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

WAPlasticfreeplaces

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 consultation

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.

Opportunities to provide input and feedback on Stage 2 regulations are now being provided in 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 1 October 2022