Well, today is the day the Queensland Governments ban on single use plastics comes into effect, most of us have already seen the change, but now it’s the law.
Today, the ban comes into effect, including straws, stirrers, plates and bowls, cutlery, and polystyrene takeaway food containers.
Half of all the plastic produced in the world is designed to be used only once and thrown away; this is a massive contribution to the 300 million tons of plastic waste created every year.
Queensland is the first state in Australia to introduce the ban, and WA and South Australia are set to follow shortly; this move has been widely backed by ocean advocacy and wildlife experts.
Single Use Plastics Banned From Today
- Straws: regular straws, flexible straws, straws with a scoop, cocktail straws and bubble tea straws.
- stirrers: hot or cold drink stirrers, swizzle sticks and hot or cold food stirrers
- plates and bowls, including single-use expanded polystyrene plates
- cutlery: knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons, sample tasting spoons, soup spoons, chopsticks, splayds and sporks
- expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups.
Some items are exempt for now.
- straws and cutlery attached to a shelf-ready, pre-packaged product like a juice box with an attached plastic straw or a yoghurt with an attached plastic spoon
- other single-use plastic takeaway food containers including sushi containers, triangle sandwich containers, food containers with a plastic window and bowls with lids
- foam or plastic trays such as meat and packaged fruit and vegetable trays.