Single-use plastics ban

Published on 19 May 2022

The NSW Government will soon place a ban on certain single-use items that will help prevent nearly 2.7 billion plastic items from entering the coastal, marine, and bushland environments of NSW over the next 20 years.

From 1 June 2022, the supply of lightweight shopping bags will be banned in NSW.

From 1 November 2022, the supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, bowls, and plates and expanded polystyrene food service items will be banned in NSW. 

Exemptions will apply to ensure continued access to straws for people with a disability or medical need. 

The supply of single-use plastic cotton buds and microbeads in rinse-off personal care products will also be banned in NSW.

Council will stage a free online information session on Saturday 28 May for residents, businesses and community groups to learn more about what the ban means for them. 

To learn more about the NSW Government bans visit