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Single-use plastic item ban: Plates, cutlery, balloon sticks, expanded polystyrene food & drink containers

  • Published on February 10, 2022

Subject to consultation, this policy will reduce the consumption and production of single-use plastic products and reduce waste generation. 

From November 2021 to February 2022, we consulted on the proposal to ban the supply of single-use plastic plates, cutlery, and balloon sticks and expanded and extruded polystyrene food and beverage containers, including cups.  


The intention behind these proposed bans is to help protect the environment for future generations, improve the quality of the environment, and reduce harm to human health and marine life. It will ensure that these items are made of more environmentally friendly materials as well as promote the use of reusable alternatives. The restrictions also intend to increase consumer and business awareness of the environmental harms which single-use plastics can cause when they are incorrectly disposed of.

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