More plastics banned in NSW from 1 Nov 2022

Following the passing of the Plastics Reduction and Circular Economy Act in 2021 the second phase of the plastics ban in NSW comes into effect from 1 November 2022, with a range of plastic items no longer able to be provided.

As covered by ACAPMA in the past (here and here) 1 November 2022 is the date of the second phase of the NSW Plastics Ban.

Kicking off with lightweight plastic shopping bags in June, now the Ban has moved to phase 2 and applies to a wider range of products.

Penalties apply to retailers and manufactures for non-compliance.

“Regardless of whether the business supplies the plastics for free or charges for them, supplying them at all after 1 November is a breach and will attract penalties”, explains ACAPMA’s Elisha Radwanowski.

Banned items – 1 November 2022

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.

“There are exemptions for single use plastic straws to be provided for persons with a disability or medical need as well as some very specific and limited exemptions for paper plates that have a film plastic lining”, explains Elisha.

Coffee cup lids are not banned

“There has been some confusion this week around coffee cup lids – for now they are not subject to the banned items. If there is a change to this ACAPMA will let members know”, concluded Elisha.

More information

For more see:

Elisha Radwanowski BCom (HRM&IR)



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