Single Use Plastics - Australian Capital Territory

As the World comes together to nurture our planet, Australia is doing their part in progressively banning single use plastics state-by-state, in line with the 2025 National Packaging Targets – but as each phase out rolls out,

it can be very tricky to navigate. As a result, we will help break it down for you!

Here's where we're at for the ACT!


Prohibited from the sale, supply or distribution in South Australia, effective 1 July 2021:

  • Plastic cutlery

  • Plastic beverage stirrers

  • Expanded polystyrene takeaway food and beverage containers.

  • From 1 July 2022, the ACT Government is proposing an additional ban:

  • Single-use plastic straws

  • Single-use plastic fruit and vegetable “barrier bags”

  • Cotton buds with plastic sticks

  • All oxo-degradable plastic products such as:

  • Degradable plastic bags

  • Degradable dog waste bags


  • Single-use plastic straws for people with disability or medical needs

  • Cotton buds with plastic sticks for scientific, forensic, or medical purposes

  • Items included in shelf-ready pre-packaged food and beverage items (example: straw on a juice-box)

PLEASE NOTE: The ban does not include using a prohibited plastic product in a domestic setting. You may still use, for example, plastic cutlery at a party however they’re not available for sale in the ACT.


While we're doing everything we can to stay up to date with the latest news, you can find the most recent information on the ACT Government Website.

Content correct at time of publishing.

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