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Single-use Plastic FAQs - Compliance and Enforcement

Compliance and Enforcement

  • How can I report a business suspected of non-compliance?

    Enquiries and reports can be made by emailing Green Industries SA.

  • How will the legislation be enforced?

    Enforcement of the legislation will be undertaken by Authorised Officers from the Environment Protection Authority under the Environment Protection Act 1993.

    The EPA will use discretion when responding to any breaches of the legislation and can respond to non-compliance in various ways, ranging from providing verbal and written warnings through to expiations and prosecution. 

    The EPA, as the state's independent environmental regulator, will take action where appropriate, particularly where systemic or ongoing noncompliance occurs. Penalties for non-compliance are clearly defined in the legislation.

  • What happens if a manufacturer sells me a prohibited item without my knowledge?

    It’s an offence for a manufacturer or supplier to knowingly mislead a business into believing that a product is not a prohibited product. If the business can prove that it believed on reasonable grounds that the product was not a prohibited single-use plastic product, it will not be held liable.

  • What if I am unsure if my product is prohibited?

    An education campaign is being rolled out to help business, industry and the community understand the requirements of the legislation and to encourage people to use alternative products. Check the descriptions of prohibited plastic products HERE. If you are still unsure call the 1800 844 945 helpline.

  • What penalties apply for a business that sells, supplies or distributes single-use plastic straws, stirrers or cutlery?

    From 1 March, 2021 you are not allowed to sell, supply or distribute single-use plastic straws, stirrers or cutlery. It will not be an offence to supply single-use plastic straws for people with disabilities or medical needs under the legislation’s provision for exemptions.

    Maximum penalty: $20,000

    Maximum expiation fee: $1,000

    Here are the legislation’s offences and penalties, noting the delayed commencement of offences for oxo-degradable products in sections 9 to 12 until 1 March 2022:


    Offence Description
    Expiation Amount
    Max. Court Penalty Amount
    Section of SUP Act
    Wholesaler/distributor selling, supplying or distributing prohibited plastic products in course of carrying on a business as a wholesaler or distributor
    $1,000
    $20,000
    7 (1) (a)







    Person selling, supplying or distributing prohibited plastic products in course of carrying on a business 

    $315
    $5,000
    7 (1) (b)







    Person selling, supplying or distributing prohibited plastic products representing that a product is not a prohibited plastic product

    $1,000
    $20,000
    8







    Person manufactures or produces oxo-degradable plastic products in course of carrying on a business 

    $1,000
    $20,000
    9







    Wholesaler/distributor selling, supplying or distributing oxo-degradable plastic products in course of carrying on a business as a wholesaler or distributor

    $1,000
    $20,000
    10 (1) (a)







    Person selling, supplying or distributing oxo-degradable plastic products in course of carrying on a business

    $315
    $5,000
    10 (1) (b)







    Failure to provide manufacturer's or producer's certification as to oxo-degradable plastic content of plastic products

    -
    $20,000
    11 (1)







    Failure to provide distributor’s certification as to oxo-degradable plastic content of plastic products

    -
    $20,000
    11 (2)







    Person must not represent that product is not comprised of oxo-degradable plastic

    -
    $30,000
    12