Following the passing of the Plastics Reduction and Circular Economy Act in 2021 the first phase of the plastics ban in NSW comes into effect this week. From 1 June 2022 there is a ban on single use lightweight plastic Bags.
As outlined (here) 1 June 2022 is the date of the first phase of the NSW Plastics Ban.
Kicking off with lightweight plastic shopping bags (35 micron weight or less) can not be supplied at all…even if they are made of compostable plastic.
The ban does not (yet) apply to deli bags, garbage bin liners, nappy bags or pet waste bags.
Penalties apply to retailers and manufactures for non compliance.
“Regardless of whether the business supplies the bags for free or charges for them, supplying them at all after today is a breach and will attract penalties” explains ACAPMAs Elisha Radwanowski.
Further plastic bans in NSW coming soon
Other plastic bans will follow from November 1, which will see the following items removed from circulation
- single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, bowls, and cotton buds
- expanded polystyrene food ware and cups
- rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads
For more see;
Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)