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Single Use Plastics Ban - February 2023

What's being banned?

Single-use plastic drinking straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, expanded polystyrene food and drink containers, and cotton bud sticks will be banned from sale or supply in Victoria from 1 February 2023.

The ban will apply to items made from conventional plastic, and those made from degradable, biodegradable, and compostable plastic.

What can be used instead of banned single-use plastic items?

Avoid single-use items where you can and choose reusables:

  • Straws – it's best to avoid straws altogether. Alternatively explore reusable options such as metal or silicone.
  • Cutlery – remember your own reusable cutlery whenever you get takeaway.
  • Plates – avoid single-use and use reusable plates.
  • Drink stirrers – use reusable alternatives such as teaspoons or metal sticks.
  • EPS (expanded polystyrene) food and drink containers – bring your own reusable container for takeaway whenever possible.

It's important to note that the ban applies to items made from conventional plastic, and those made from degradable, biodegradable, and compostable plastic.

How can my business prepare for the ban?

Head to www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/services/business/single-use-plastics-ban for information and support to help businesses get ready for the ban.

Where can I find out more?

For more information see vic.gov.au/plastics or contact Council's Waste Services team.