The Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Act 2020 prohibits the sale, supply and distribution of certain single-use plastic products and establishes a framework for adding other products in the future. The legislation implements the State Government’s July 2019 announcement to address the impacts of single-use plastic products. You can read the legislation here.
Exemptions - single-use plastic straws
The Act has a provision to implement an exemption that will allow for the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic straws to those in the community who rely on them due to disability or health needs. The government is working with the Single-Use Plastic Stakeholder Taskforce to develop the regulations which will enable the exemptions to be implemented. Explanatory information has been prepared to help explain the proposed exemption regulations for single-use plastic straws and for other purposes.