As early as 2021, the Victorian government announced it would phase out plastic drinking pipes, cutlery, dishes, drink mixers, food and drink containers containing polystyrene, and plastic cotton sticks.
The Victorian government has partnered with the National Retail Association (NRA) to assist businesses and organisations to understand and prepare for the upcoming ban. The NRA will visit 3000 businesses in Victoria to hold information sessions and provide a toll-free hotline and email.
What single-use plastic products have been banned from 1 February 2023?
The ban applies to single-use plastic straws, cutlery, plates, drink mixers and cotton swabs made from conventional, compostable and compostable plastics. The ban also applies to food service items and beverage containers made from expanded polystyrene.
An exception is that people who need disposable plastic straws due to disability or medical need will still be able to purchase and use these items.
Prohibited items specifically include the following single-use plastics:
Cutlery (including knives, forks, spoons, chopsticks, forks, shovels)
Drink stirring stick
Expanded polystyrene food service items and beverage containers. This includes foamed polystyrene plates, cups, bowls and any LIDS or LIDS that are also made of foamed polystyrene.
Currently, disposable tableware or disposable products are also needed. But we can use disposable tableware that can be biodegraded. Fujian Shenglin Packaging Company can provide biodegradable bagasse bowls, bagasse trays, bagasse lunch boxes, bagasse cups, bagasse knives, forks, spoons, and other environmental protection products. Fujian Shenglin Packaging Company can also provide some paper products, such as paper cups, paper bowls, paper boxes, etc. Please feel free to send inquiries. Thank you.