Stage 2 Ban regulations passed
The WA Government has passed regulations to phase-out more single-use plastic items over the next 3 years. Consultation opportunities were provided in late 2022, government has considered this feedback and developed regulations which are now in effect.
Phase 2a – Supply banned by 1 September 2023
- Degradable plastic (incl. oxo-degradable and landfill degradable)
- Cotton buds with plastic shafts
- EPS cups and EPS in food and beverage packaging (including meat trays)
- Loose fill EPS packaging (including other expanded plastic equivalents eg. EPE, EPP and foamed bioplastic)
Phase 2b – Supply banned by 1 March 2024
- Takeaway coffee cups (excl. AU certified lined paper cups)
- Cup Lids and seals – hot & cold drinks (including plastic lined lids)
- Plastic trays for takeaway food not covered in the Stage 1 ban
- Fruit and vegetable produce bags
Phase 2c – Supply banned by 1 September 2024
- Lids and seals for takeaway food containers and bowls (excl. AU certified lined paper lids)
- Lidded food containers and bowls for takeaway and eat-in (restaurant) applications. There is a limited exclusion that allows plastic lids for takeaway food that is placed on display for sale.
Phase 2d – Supply banned by 1 July 2025
- Moulded EPS packaging (incl. other expanded plastic equivalents including EPE, EPP and bioplastic EPS)
INFORMATION GATHERING SESSION
The National Retail Association is running an online session on Thursday 2 March to gather industry questions and examples. Please submit or bring your questions, examples of items (pictures welcome) or examples of uses.
We will then relay these to DWER and work with them to clarify answers and interpretations of the regulations so we can provide accurate advice to industry.
Please note that, as the final regulations have just been released, we are not yet able to answer specific queries with certainty. This session will help us understand industry queries and then work with government to provide answers in future sessions.
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