Are you ready for the ban on single-use plastic items?
As part of Queensland’s plan to tackle plastic waste, the Queensland Government is banning single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates, bowls, cutlery, and expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups.
The ban starts tomorrow on 1 September 2021 and applies to all Queensland not-for-profit organisations and businesses. Except those businesses which are exempt so they can continue to support people with disability or healthcare needs.
Businesses are encouraged to identify whether banned items still need to be provided to customers, and if so, what they can be replaced with. If you have excess stock, you may also wish to contact your supplier to understand their returns policy.
The National Retail Association has been engaged to work with businesses to ensure they understand the ban and what they must do to comply, as well as options to manage excess stock. Visit the National Retail Association website for more information or call their Hotline on 1800 844 946.
In addition, Boomerang Alliance has been engaged to work with not-for-profit organisations and is holding information sessions across the state. Find out more including the dates and locations on the Boomerang Alliance website.