Plastic packaging and single-use plastic items make up 60% of all litter in NSW. Plastic litter breaks down over time into microplastics that eventually end up in our food, water and our bodies.
From 1 June 2022, the supply of lightweight plastic bags will be banned in NSW. A lightweight plastic bag is any bag with a handle, 35 microns or less in thickness at any part, and is fully or partly plastic. This means bioplastic, compostable or biodegradable bags are also banned.
This ban applies to everyone. This includes commercial businesses – manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, and distributors, as well as retail and hospitality, as well as non-commercial activities carried out for charitable, sporting, education or community purposes by community groups, government bodies and not-for-profits.
From 1 November 2022, the supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, bowls and plates and expanded polystyrene (EPS) food service items will be banned in NSW. The supply of single-use plastic cotton buds and microbeads in rinse-off personal care products will also be banned in NSW.