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SINGLE USE PLASTIC BANS

Single use Plastics

Single use plastics are having a huge impact on our planet. Clogging up our waterways, mistaken as food by our wildlife and ending up as micro-plastics in our own drinking water. Microplastics have been found in every corner of the planet from Mount Everest to the Mariana Trench and increasingly in human blood. The prevalence of plastic waste in our world is staggering and it NEVER breaks down. The first piece of plastic ever created is still on the planet somewhere. It might be really small, but it still exists.

Australia produces around 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year – about 84% of which is sent to landfill. About 130,000 tonnes of this leaks into the marine environment.

It’s no surprise that governments all over the world are busy creating legislation to reduce the plastic in our products and ban single-use plastics altogether. Australia is taking action by implementing state-based bans increasing over the coming years – all working towards significantly reducing the problematic plastic use in Australia by 2025.

As each state has different bans and different implementation dates, it gets a bit confusing. To help, we have created this table below to help you better understand and even plan ahead for your location.

Australian state / territory commitments

Key: = Banned = Proposed

ACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWABygreen Alternatives
OXO DEGRADABLE PRODUCTS
BND

NOV

BND

BND

BND
Eco-Straw Paper straws
STRAWS
BND

NOV

2025

BND

BND

2023

BND
Eco-Straw Paper straws
CUTLERY
BND

NOV

2025

BND

BND

2023

BND
One Tree Wooden Cutlery
STIRRERS
BND

NOV

2025

BND

BND

2023

BND
One Tree Wooden Stirrers
PLATES & BOWLS
NOV

2025

BND

2024

2023

BND
One Tree Palm Leaf Plates & Bowls
STATE WEBSITES FOR MORE INFOACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWA

Bygreen alternatives

ECOSTRAW
3 & 4 PLY PAPER STRAWS
ONE TREE
WOODEN CUTLERY
ONE TREE
WOODEN STIRRERS
ONE TREE PALM LEAF
PLATES & BOWLS

OUR COMMITMENT
TO reducing plastic waste

It’s obvious that it’s time for Australians to rethink our use of plastic. At Bygreen, we’re becoming more responsible in the products we source and sell and we encourage our customers and distributors to do the same – not just to meet legislation requirements, but because it’s the right thing to do.

We don’t believe the responsibility for reducing plastic waste lies on the head of the consumer. Because of this, we are working to solve the problem further up the food chain and trying to eliminate plastic from the source. We are committed to supplying products and solutions that are not only plastic free, but home compostable.

Our Solutions

Instead of seeking an alternative that requires Australian specific certification but still isn’t quite right for our environment we have stood by our mission and expanded our range into true eco-friendly options. 

As a member of APCO (Australian Packaging Covenant) we are continually looking for new ways to reduce our packaging and find alternative options that are more environmentally friendly.

We’re here for you

As the legislation for each state flows through, we are phasing out lines that are to be banned or do not meet the new standards required. To ensure you are informed of all of the relevant legislation about the single use plastics bans in each state, we have hired a sustainability officer who is on hand to keep you informed as the legislations are implemented. If you require any further information surrounding the legislation, feel free to contact us.