2022 NSW’s Single-use Plastics Ban, What You Need To Know

As an active member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), Neild & Co. and iKONpack NSW are actively working with customers to make practical, sustainable packaging choices.

To assist our customers (new and current), in understanding the legislative changes taking place in New South Wales in 2022, a summary is highlighted below. If you have any questions or need additional assistance with compliant products, please get in touch with us on 1800 643 589 – we are always happy to help.

 

From June 1st 2022, plastic carry bags under 35um (micron) will no longer be permitted for use, resale or distribution in New South Wales.

The ban  also applies to lightweight carry bags products made from biodegradable plastics, compostable plastics, and bio-plastics.

Neild & Co. have a range of solutions, including paper bags and thick reusable carry bags (greater than 35um) which are compliant with the changes.

This includes reusable and 100% recycled carry bags which are printed and barcoded (which allows you to resell to end-users if you so choose).

View our Reusable Carry Bag Flyer here

From November 1st 2022, an array of changes are taking place:

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) food service items will be prohibited.

This includes clamshells (burger, snack and dinner clams), cups, plates and bowls made from EPS.

The ban does not apply to:

Meat or produce trays – These remain available and compliant.

Packaging, including B2B and consumer packaging and transport containers

Foodservice items that are an integrated part of the packaging used to seal or contain food or beverages, or are included within or attached to that packaging, through an automated process (such as an EPS noodle cup).

Neild & Co., along with iKONpack NSW have an array of suitable Kraft and Bagasse (sugarcane) products that are compliant under these new changes.

View our Eco-Board (Kraft) Product Here

View our Eco-Cane (Sugarcane) Product Here

Single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery will be
prohibited.

This will apply to plastic straws*, stirrers and swizzle sticks, and cutlery, including forks, spoons, knives, sporks, splayds, chopsticks, and food picks.

It’s important to note that the ban applies to products made from biodegradable plastics, compostable plastics, and bio-plastics.

The ban does not apply to:

serving utensils such as salad servers or tongs

items that are an integrated part of the packaging used to seal or contain food or beverages, or are included within or attached to that packaging, through an automated process (such as a straw attached to a juice box).

Exceptions will apply to certain settings in disability and medical care.

Single-use plastic bowls and plates will be prohibited.

It’s important to note that the ban applies to products made from biodegradable plastics, compostable plastics, and bio-plastics.

The ban does not apply to:

Single-use plastic bowls designed with, or have an
intended use with, a spill-proof lid (e.g. takeaway soups).

 

Who does the ban apply to?

A person must not supply a prohibited item in NSW while carrying on a business.

This includes supplying the item while:

  • carrying on an activity for commercial purposes. For example:
    • retail businesses like a restaurant, cafe, bar, takeaway food shop, party supply store, discount store, supermarket, market stall, online store, and packaging supplier and distributor, and any other retailer that provides these items to consumers.
    • a manufacturer, supplier, distributor or wholesaler of a prohibited item
  • carrying on an activity for charitable, sporting, education or community purposes. For example, a community group, not-for-profit organisation or charity, including those that use a banned item as part of a service, for daily activities or during fundraising events.

The penalties for non-complying businesses are severe.

For more information on the ban, click here to view
the Single-use Plastics Ban Guide by the National Retail Association.

Close Menu