Queensland bans single-use plastic and polystyrene

Queensland has become just the second Australian state or territory to ban single-use plastics.

The state parliament passed the legislation late yesterday, which will see the likes of plastic straws, cutlery and plates prohibited from September.

South Australia is the only other state to have brought in this legislation.


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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk posted to social media about the legislation late yesterday.

“We’ve just passed laws to ban single-use plastic and polystyrene takeaway items,” her post on Facebook reads.

“From 1 September 2021, single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates and expanded polystyrene products will join single-use plastic shopping bags on the banned list in Queensland.

“In our most recent consultation, 98% of respondents said they also wanted the ban to cover expanded polystyrene products – so they’re included in these laws.

“We’ve made sure businesses have time to adapt and source alternative options.

“These laws will build on the success of our single-use plastic bag ban, which has seen a massive 70% reduction in all plastic bag litter since July 2018,” the post says.

BREAKING: We've just passed laws to ban single-use plastic and polystyrene takeaway items.From 1 September 2021,…

Posted by Annastacia Palaszczuk MP on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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