Problematic single-use plastics will be banned across Victoria by February 2023. If you are a Victorian business or organisation considering what to use instead of single-use plastics, switching to reusables is cheaper and easier than you think.
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Reducing plastic pollution is a key pillar of Victoria’s Circular Economy Plan, Recycling Victoria: A new economy. Under this plan, problematic single-use plastics will be banned across Victoria by February 2023.
From 1 February 2023, the Victorian Government is banning the sale and supply of single-use plastic:
The ban will include plastic items made from conventional, degradable and compostable materials, including bioplastics.
Sustainability Victoria recommends businesses run down current stocks of the banned items in preparation for the ban, and avoid ordering any more of these items.
For information on proposed regulations including exemptions, refer to single-use plastics ban.
If you are a Victorian business or organisation considering what to use instead of single-use plastics, switching to reusables is cheaper and easier than you think.
Learn how some businesses are making the change.
Businesses like this will play a key role in the transition away from problematic single-use plastic items, with the ban presenting an exciting opportunity to implement more sustainable solutions through avoidance and reuse initiatives.
In preparation for the Single-use plastics ban, Sustainability Victoria recommends avoiding single-use packaging where you can and choosing a reusable option instead or, if necessary, choose an alternative single-use item.
Avoiding single-use plastics is the cheapest and simplest option a business can take but for businesses where avoidance is not possible, reuse alternatives are a good option.
The following recommendations show how businesses can transition away from single-use plastics:
If you cannot avoid or use reusable items, then choose non-plastic materials such as Forest Stewardship Council certified paper or wood, bamboo or recycled aluminum.
Single-use plastic straws will remain available for people who need them due to a disability or for medical reasons.
These companies provide a variety of options to fit your business needs:
Learn more about reuse solutions at a Masterclass.
Consumers are ready for the ban on single-use plastics and actively seek out businesses that have reduced waste. Victorian food-serving businesses taking action on plastic reduction can be listed in searchable online databases and maps.
To learn how to get your business more exposure for your reduction of single-use plastics, visit:
For questions regarding the Single-use plastics ban regulations, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.