Queensland has banned a host of single-use plastic and polystyrene items in a bid to protect the state’s “world-renowned natural features”.
Plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates as well as polystyrene foam food containers will be banned from September 1 after the state government passed new legislation on Wednesday.
Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said there had been “overwhelming community support” for banning the products amid concern that plastic pollution was killing the state’s wildlife.
“Half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once and then thrown away, and that litter is destroying our environment,” she said.
“The Palaszczuk government takes its responsibility to protect our world-renowned natural features very seriously, and (this) Act is the next step in our war on waste.”
She said the ban of single-use plastics in 2018 had resulted in a 70 per cent reduction in all plastic bag litter.
There will be exemptions to the ban for anyone who requires access to single-use plastic items, such as a straw, due to permanent or temporary disability or other healthcare needs.