The SA government today passed the regulation to extend the plastics ban.  The changes will come into effect on 1st September 2024 and will have wide-ranging implications for retailers of all sizes and persuasions.  It is important that all retailers understand the requriements now, and rapidly adjust instore operations to ensure compliance come September.

South Australia – 1 September 2024

Plastic barrier bags, thick supermarket and boutique-style plastic bags, EPS consumer food and beverage containers, plastic confetti and plastic balloon sticks/ties, plastic bread tags, single-use plastic beverage containers (including coffee cups), and single-use plastic food containers will be banned from sale, supply and distribution in South Australia.

Plastic barrier bags

Plastic bags without handles (known as either a ‘produce bag’ or ‘barrier bag’), used to contain and protect unpackaged produce, nuts and confectionery will be banned. Learn more.

Thick supermarket or boutique-style plastic bags

Heavyweight film plastic shopping bags, plastic-laminated paper shopping bags and plastic-laminated cardboard shopping bags will be banned, with some temporary exemptions. Learn more.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) consumer food and beverage containers

Expanded polystyrene cups, bowls, plates and clamshell containers were prohibited from sale, supply and distribution in South Australia on 1 March 2022. Other expanded polystyrene (EPS) consumer food and beverage containers in the market (including gelato tubs, cake boxes and meat and fruit trays) will be banned from 1 September 2024. Learn more.

Plastic confetti and plastic balloon sticks/ties

Plastic confetti designed or intended to be used for scattering, throwing, decorating or being released at celebrations/events, such as wedding ceremonies, parades, concerts, sporting events and parties will be banned, along with plastic balloon sticks and plastic balloon ties (including those sold in kits). Learn more.

Plastic food bag tags

Single-use tags, designed or intended to hold food product bags closed, including (but not limited to) bread bags, produce bags and rice cakes will be banned, with a temporary exemption until 31 August 2029 for plastic food bag tags used to hold closed a bag of potatoes or carrots weighing 2kg or more. Learn more.

Single-use plastic beverage containers (including coffee cups)

Single-use plastic beverage containers (including coffee cups) offer convenience for consumers, but these items and their attachments (such as lids and beverage plugs) have limited recovery and recycling pathways, creating confusion for consumers. These items will be banned, with some temporary exemptions. Learn more.

Single-use plastic food containers

Plastic food containers, including plastic-lined or aqueous coated containers, used for takeaway food prepared for sale and consumption on the same day, for example takeaway food containers, single-use plastic bowls with plastic lids, single-use plastic trays with plastic lids, and single-use plastic cups with plastic lids used for food will be banned, with some temporary exemptions. Learn more.



Follow the link for information on reusable and compostable alternative – ALTERNATIVES


For more information see the SA Government plastic ban website: or contact Green Industries SA (GISA) on (08) 8204 2051.

Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)