Plastics

Plastic packaging and so-called single-use plastic items make up 60% of all litter in NSW. These items take thousands of years to decompose and in the process, they are causing great harm to our natural environment and wildlife.

The NSW government has created legislation which bans businesses and community groups from supplying lightweight plastic bags from 1 June 2022. The ban will be extended on 1 November 2022, to include single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, bowls and plates as well as expanded polystyrene food service items, like cups and hamburger containers, single-use plastic cotton buds, and rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads.

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Info for businesses and community organisations

Visit Plastics Ban NSW for info on how the single-use plastic phase-outs impact you and the assistance available in the lead-up to the 1 November 2022 bans.

Find out more

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Resources

Resources on the plastics ban for businesses and community organisations, including translated posters and brochures.

Watch our information video on the single-use plastics ban

Visit Plastics Ban NSW

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Exemptions

Some plastic items are exempt from the bans where this is no safe alternative reusable item. This includes items for medical reasons.

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Help with excess stock

If your business or organisation has left-over stock, don't throw it away. Register it with The Great Plastic Rescue for recycling and remanufacturing.

Register your plastics.

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Stop It and Swap It!

Our campaign is all about how to stop using plastic and swap it for something reusable and more sustainable.

Learn more.

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Plastics Action Plan

The NSW Government is encouraging people to swap single-use plastic items for reusable and sustainable alternatives and reduce the impact plastics have on the environment.

Read about our actions.

Plastics ban news and media releases

From the EPA