Exemptions guidance

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

Current exemptions are listed on the public register, where they will be updated. Each exemption has a guidance that explains when the exemption applies and what you need to do to comply with it.

These exemption guidances are for:

  • plastic single-use straws: an ongoing exemption that permits the supply of plastic-single use straws by certain businesses and organisations to individuals (and those acting on behalf of those individuals) who need a plastic single-use straw due to a disability or other medical need.
  • plastic lined paper plates and bowls: permits the supply of plastic lined paper plates and bowls while suitable alternatives are sourced. This exemption ends on 31 October 2024.