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Single-use Plastic FAQs - Restricted and Prohibited Items

Restricted and Prohibited Single-Use Plastic Products

  • What are examples of compostable (bioplastic) plastic products?

    Compostable (bioplastic) plastic products include Polylactic Acid (PLA). Products lined with compostable plastic, including PLA, are also considered a prohibited plastic product under the legislation.

  • What are examples of fossil-fuel derived plastic products?

    Fossil-fuel derived plastic products include Polypropylene (PP) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Products lined with plastic are also considered prohibited plastic products under the legislation.

  • What is banned from March 1 2021?

    The legislation includes both fossil-fuel derived plastic and compostable (bioplastic) plastic products (such as Polylactic Acid - PLA), but only for the prohibited plastic products listed in the legislation.  These products will be restricted/prohibited from March 1, 2021.
    Please see the Prohibited Items page for sample images. 

    Single-Use Plastic Drinking Straws

    Any straw made from, or comprising, fossil-fuel derived plastic and/or compostable plastic which is designed or intended to be used once, or a limited number of times before being thrown away.Exemptions will apply for people who require single-use plastic straws due to a disability or medical needs. Exemptions will also apply for pre-packaged and attached products. 

    Single-Use Plastic Stirrers

    Any stirrer made from, or comprising, fossil-fuel derived plastic or compostable plastic which is designed or intended to be used once or a limited number of times before being thrown away.

    Single-Use Plastic Cutlery

    Any utensil that can be used to eat food. This includes spoons, forks, knives, sporks, splayds and chopsticks which are designed or intended to be used once or a limited number of time before being thrown away Exemptions will apply for pre-packaged and attached products.


  • Why are bioplastic products prohibited?

    The legislation includes both fossil-fuel derived plastic and compostable (bioplastic) plastic products (such as Polylactic Acid - PLA), but only for the prohibited plastic products listed in the legislation. Bioplastics are not a suitable alternative for single-use straws, cutlery and stirrers. While compostable plastic products can break down in industrial composting facilities, they can also cause pollution and harm to marine life in the same way as conventional, fossil-fuel plastic products if they enter the environment.

    Read the fact sheets HERE.