NSW is saying ‘see ya later’ to single-use plastics

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November 2, 2022

The ocean is crying tears of joy this week as NSW begins phasing out more single-use plastics.

The ocean is crying tears of joy this week as NSW begins phasing out more single-use plastics.

In NSW, single-use plastics make up 60% of all litter, and it’s estimated that about 40% of that litter ends up in our sea. The great part is that Aussies can do their part to help stop this, and it all starts with Greener action like this!

Sooo…What is changing?

Lightweight plastic bags have already been banned in the state since June, but now the likes of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will join the list of ‘see ya later’ items.

The goal here is to prevent 2.7 billion bits of plastic from becoming trash in the ocean over the next 20 years, which means handing our environment to the next generation better than we found it. Something we are all for at Greener!

How does it affect your business? 

If your business is found supplying any of the items listed below, the NSW environmental regulator may issue you a fine!

Items include:

  • Straws
  • Cutlery including chopsticks and sporks
  • Single-use stirrers
  • Bowls and expanded polystyrene bowls
  • Plates and expanded polystyrene plates
  • Cotton buds
  • Polystyrene foodware, cups, and clamshell containers
  • Microbeads in personal care products like face and body cleansers, exfoliants and masks.

On-the-spot fines can be issued of up to $1100 for individual businesses and $5500 for corporations.

How can you make your business Greener?

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