Plastics have become part of our everyday life. They are inexpensive, convenient and used in many applications. However, the single-use nature of many of these plastics contributes to a wasteful economy.
On 13 June 2021, the State Government announced Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics. The Plan for Plastics was released in response to community feedback and provides a roadmap towards a more sustainable, plastic-free WA.
The plan includes introducing regulations to ban single-use plastic items in a two-stage approach. Stage 1 (short-term actions) regulations came into effect on 1 January 2022, with Stage 2 (medium-term actions) regulations coming into effect on 1 January 2023. Enforcement of Stage 1 regulations started on 1 July 2022 for all items except for cups, which starts on 1 October 2022 to provide time for everyone to adapt.
How to prepare
1. Plan Ahead:
Plan ahead and transition early.
- Assess which items you need to change. Consider attending an info session or calling the hotline.
- Stop ordering banned items now and use up existing stock.
- Order alternatives and change stock well ahead of the ban deadlines to avoid supply issues.
- If you have large amounts of stock, speak to your supplier as they may accept returns or exchanges.
- If you cannot exhaust, return, exchange or transfer your stock in time, contact a local recycler to see if they can take some items.
- See more advice for excess stock here
2. Consider your Options
Consumers are increasingly seeking to support sustainable businesses and products.
- First, consider whether you need to keep supplying items like straws and cutlery
- Next, think about whether you can use reusable, washable alternatives and reduce the amount of items you give away.
- Then, if you still need disposable items, ensure they are compliant and food safe. Check the specific rules for each item as well as banned bioplastics.
3. Speak to your Supplier
Ask your supplier to answer these questions
Every business should get answers to these questions in writing, before ordering alternatives. You can simply copy and paste the questions below into an email.
- Do these items comply with the WA plastics legislation that comes into effect in 2022?
- Do these items contain any form of plastic or compostable plastic?
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