The NSW Government is banning certain single-use plastic items. This will prevent nearly 2.7 billion plastic items from entering the coastal, marine, and bushland environments of NSW over the next 20 years.

From the 1st of June 2022, the supply of lightweight shopping bags will be banned in NSW.

From the 1st of November 2022, the supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, bowls, and plates and expanded polystyrene food service items will be banned in NSW. Exemptions will apply to ensure continued access to straws for people with a disability or medical need. The supply of single-use plastic cotton buds and microbeads in rinse-off personal care products will also be banned in NSW.

Everyone will be impacted by the single-use plastic bans in some way, shape or form. Everyone can be part of this transition towards a circular economy in NSW, where materials and resources are valued, while creating jobs and protecting the environment and the community.

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