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Everything you need to know about Single Use Plastic Ban in Queensland

Plastic is an integral part of our lives. How can we live without it? Who are these people who want to ban plastic? Do you know how this ban will increase the cost of other products?

Have you ever wondered about the above questions? Look no further, we have curated a list of everything you need to know about the Plastic Ban in Queensland. Devour it. :)

Half of all plastic produced in the world is designed to be used only once—and then thrown away. This is a huge contributor to the 300 million tonnes of plastic waste created every year, almost equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. The Queensland Government is taking action to fight plastic waste and pollution, starting with a ban on everyday some single-use plastic items.

The supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates, bowls, cutlery and expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups is banned in Queensland. The ban came into effect on 1 September 2021.

(A Video published by Queensland Govt on their Youtube channel will be embedded in this blog here in this space)
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFJsRDoa-Vc


Single-use plastic items included in the ban:
1. Straws: regular straws, flexible straws, straws with a scoop, cocktail straws, and bubble tea straws
2. Stirrers: hot or cold drink stirrers, swizzle sticks and hot or cold food stirrers
3. Plates and bowls including single-use expanded polystyrene plates
4. Cutlery: knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons, sample tasting spoons, soup spoons, chopsticks, splayds, and sporks
5. Expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups.

Single-use plastic items not included in the ban:
1. Straws and cutlery attached to a shelf-ready, pre-packaged product like a juice box with an attached plastic straw or a yoghurt with an attached plastic spoon.
2. Other single-use plastic takeaway food containers including sushi containers, triangle sandwich containers, food containers with a plastic window and bowls with lids • serving platters and trays
3. Foam or plastic trays such as meat and packaged fruit and vegetable trays.
4. AS 5810-2010 Biodegradable Plastics—Biodegradable Plastics Suitable for Home Composting.
5. AS 4736-2006 Biodegradable Plastics Suitable for Composting and Other Microbial Treatment

Outcome

People will switch to a more sustainable way of living which will lead to a better ecosystem. It will also save rivers and oceans from getting burdened with plastic. You don’t have to pledge to become the best planet caring human on the earth, but you surely can replace a few single-use plastic items in your life with eco-friendly options!

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