Victoria is banning the sale or supply of problematic single-use plastics from 1 February 2023. Start preparing for the single-use plastics ban by switching to reusable or sustainable alternatives.
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. This recognises that all forms of plastic can be bad for the environment when littered. Many compostable plastic items also require processing at a specialised compost facility in order to break down.
- make up a third of the litter we see on our streets and in our waterways – they are difficult and costly to clean up
- are often used for only a few minutes but remain in the environment for a long time
- pollute the environment – harming wildlife and contaminating our food and water.
By banning problematic single-use plastics, we will reduce plastic pollution.