Single-use plastic straws, plates, and cutlery to be banned in Victoria
From February 1, 2023, the most common single-use plastic products will be banned throughout Victoria. Find out how it will impact you and local businesses.
The state-wide ban is being implemented to help reduce plastic waste in the environment.
Single-use plastic straws, plates, cutlery, cotton tips and drink stirrers will all be banned for sale and supply in both retail and commercial settings from this date. This means you will no longer be able to buy these products in shops (including supermarkets), or be supplied with them at venues such as cafes, takeaways, community organisations, bars or restaurants.
Rob Pierce, Bar Manager at CBD bar Bourke Street Green, says that while the business has been aware of the upcoming ban, the impact will be minimal as the bar has always opted for sustainable straw options.
“We’ve never used plastic straws,” Pierce says. “We used biodegradable ones to start with, but now we use paper.”
Nearby, Little Collins Street patisserie, Le Petit Gâteau, has also gotten ahead of the ban by opting for plastic-alternatives for their disposable cutlery and food containers.
“We don’t use any plastic for that sort of thing,” says Le Petit Gâteau café manager, Alex Hall. “We use wood cutlery currently and we changed over all our plastic bags. We use reusable canvas or paper bags.”
The café's food containers for sandwiches and cakes meanwhile, are made from a sugarcane pulp material which can be either composted or recycled.
Government data indicates that single-use plastic products make up a third of the litter found in the environment. The new ban follows the Victoria’s lightweight plastic bag ban that was implemented in 2019.