NSW is making the switch!

NSW is making the switch!

NSW Single-Use Plastics Ban

To reduce plastic pollution, some single-use plastics are being phased out across NSW, commencing in 2022.


From 1 June 2022, lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles (35 microns or less in thickness) are banned.

From 1 November 2022, the supply of further single-use plastic items was banned, including: single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, unlidded bowls, cotton buds, as well as foodware and cups made from expanded polystyrene foam (EPS). Plastic microbeads in rinse-off personal care products are also banned. Some exemptions apply.

information on the ban

The NSW Government has launched a dedicated Plastics Ban website which provides all the information you need to understand, manage and comply with the ban.  Click on the links below or visit the website here.

Visit Plastics Ban NSW for information about the new regulations, what items are banned, what items are exempt, and what changes to expect.

Visit Plastics Ban NSW for information on how to prepare your business or community organisation to comply with the ban and minimise impacts.

Visit Plastics Ban NSW for answers to frequently asked questions, such as "Who does the ban apply to?" and "What do I do with excess stock".


From February to November 2022, the National Retail Association visited thousands of retailers in their stores across 650 shopping centres, malls and precincts. We've seen hundreds of examples of great local businesses making the switch to more sustainable alternatives.