From 1 January 2024:

  • heavyweight and boutique plastic bags. The ban applies to all plastic shopping bags with handles, regardless of thickness.

This is in addition to the single-use plastic items already banned in the ACT.

  • single-use plastic plates and bowls
  • expanded polystyrene loose fill packaging and expanded polystyrene trays
  • plastic microbeads in rinse-off personal care and cleaning products
  • single-use plastic straws (with exemptions for those who need them due to a disability or health need)
  • cotton buds with plastic sticks
  • all oxo-degradable plastics. These contain additives that cause them to break down into microplastics which are harmful to the environment. They are often used in products like dog waste bags and rubbish bags and can be labelled as degradable.
  • single-use plastic cutlery
  • single-use plastic stirrers
  • expanded polystyrene takeaway food and beverage containers
  • single-use plastic shopping bags at or below 35 micrometres in thickness.



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