Get Ready – NSW ban on the supply of certain single-use plastic items from 1 November 2022

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Get Ready – NSW ban on the supply of certain single-use plastic items from 1 November 2022


From 1 November 2022, supply of the following items will be banned in NSW:

  • Plastic single-use cutlery (spoons, knives, forks, sporks, chopsticks – any utensil used for consuming food)
  • Plastic single-use plates and bowls (excludes bowls with a spill proof lid whether separate or attached)
  • Plastic single-use stirrers
  • Plastic single-use straws (with exemptions for people with a disability or medical need)
  • Plastic single-use cotton buds
  • Expanded polystyrene food ware including bowls, cups, clamshell containers and plates (includes any plastic item made in whole or in part of expanded polystyrene used to serve food or beverages)
  • Plastic micro-beads in rinse off personal hygiene products

The ban applies even if they are made from biodegradable, compostable, or bioplastics. This includes those made from Australian certified compostable plastic.

Lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles (35 microns or less in thickness) have been banned since 1 June 2022. 

Who do the bans apply to?

Anyone who supplies a banned item in NSW while carrying on a business. This includes activities for commercial, charitable, sporting, education, or community purposes. For example:

  • Retail or hospitality businesses must not provide banned items to their customers.
Such as: restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, takeaway food outlets, party supply stores, discount stores, supermarkets, market stalls, online stores, and any other retailer
  • Product/packaging suppliers must not supply banned items to anyone within or into NSW.
Such as: manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and wholesalers
  • Community groups and not-for-profits must not supply banned items as part of a service, for regular activities or during events or fundraising activities.
Such as: charities, welfare services, religious bodies, education providers, and fundraising events.

What might this mean for you?

Businesses and community organisations in NSW will no longer be able to supply customers with banned items from 1 November 2022. The ban applies whether a fee is charged, or the item is given out for free.

Why is this important?

Consumers do a great job when it comes to sorting recyclable plastics from waste destined for landfill. Yet despite these efforts, plastic packaging and single-use plastic items still make up 60% of all litter in NSW. These items take thousands of years to decompose and in the process, they are causing great harm to our natural environment and wildlife.

The NSW Government is committed to phasing out problematic plastics. The NSW Plastics Action Plan was launched in June 2021 to manage plastic throughout its lifecycle – from generation through to production, supply and reducing plastic waste.

The first step is to phase out certain problematic or unnecessary plastic products. The banned plastic items have been chosen because they are highly littered and have readily available sustainable alternatives. The bans will prevent almost 2.7 billion items of plastic from entering our natural environment and waterways over the next 20 years.

The EPA’s role

The EPA, as the regulator of the bans, is committed to taking a fair and considered approach to regulation. That’s why we are focused firstly on providing information to businesses so they are aware of their upcoming obligations and can make the switch to more sustainable alternatives.

We understand there may be different circumstances for different businesses and community organisations and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ response. When deciding on the most appropriate regulatory action we will look at factors such as what steps have been taken to prepare for the new requirements and whether genuine effort has been made to comply.

You can read more about our overall approach to regulation in our Regulatory Strategy

How to prepare for the ban

Thank you to the many businesses and community organisations that have already made the switch to more sustainable options. If you have not yet switched, consider the following steps:

  • Understand the ban – access the website for more information and FAQs to ensure you understand the ban and allowed alternatives.
  • Prepare now – Inform staff, volunteers and customers early about the upcoming ban and the changes they should expect.
  • Make a plan – Stop ordering banned items now and use up existing stock as much as possible, as you cannot supply banned items after 1 November 2022 (regardless of when you purchased it).
  • Speak to your supplier – if you have large amounts of stock, they may accept returns or exchanges.
  • Responsible disposal – If you cannot exhaust, return, exchange or transfer your stock in time, you may like to contact a local recycler or register with the Great Plastic Rescue to recycle stock into new products.

Here are two resources to help you to prepare for the ban: a guide for businesses and additional supplier advice to prepare for the ban.

Help & advice for businesses

The NSW Government has partnered with the National Retail Association to provide engagement and education services for businesses and community organisations across NSW. These free services include:

  • Custom resources and signage (including information in 15 languages) – download here
  • Visiting thousands of stores in 650 shopping centres and retail precincts across metropolitan and regional areas to provide face-to-face advice and resources.
  • Holding regular online question and answer sessions for businesses and community organisations – register here
  • Providing a specialist tollfree hotline 1800 844 946 and email to answer unique business queries.

Find out more

We encourage you to review the website resourcesdownload signage and attend the information sessions being provided by the National Retail Association. The next information session is being held on 31 August 2022.

For further enquiries about the plastics ban, please contact the EPA at


Tony Chappel
Chief Executive
NSW Environment Protection Authority

Lake Light Sculpture Festival in Jindabyne

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Lake Light Sculpture is an inspiring outdoor sculpture exhibition and competition which will be held along the stunning foreshore of Lake Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains of NSW from the 30th March to 2nd April 2018.

The Easter long weekend offers a fantastic opportunity to experience Jindabyne. The sculptures are displayed in an evocative setting with the reflections of the Snowy Mountains on the lake, providing a living studio for the artworks but it is as night falls that the real magic begins. Illumination has, since the festival’s inception, been a defining element of Lake Light Sculpture, and the sculptures are lit from sunset to 10pm each evening. Artists embed lighting, reflection and optical tricks into their sculptures to play on the light of Easter’s full moon. The effect is dramatic, transforming the already interesting sculptures and revealing hidden elements. It’s an ideal time to bundle up against the autumn chill and walk hand-in-hand with the ones you love along the foreshore.

Artists of every calibre – including professionals, experienced and emerging artists, community groups, and local tradesmen – participate in the event. Previous years’ prizes have included a sculpture residency at the Australian National University, the coveted People’s Choice Award, and the Illumination Award for the sculpture that best lights up the star-strewn night.

2018 Programme

Friday 30th March 2018

10am – Official Opening and announcement of the Award Winners

8am to 9pm – Sculptures exhibited for viewing and acquisition

Visit the exhibition tent near the Strzelecki Monument at Banjo Paterson Park to collect an Easter Events & Activities Guide (for a gold coin donation) and participate in the People’s Choice Award.

Saturday 31st March 2018

8am to 9pm – Sculptures exhibited for viewing and acquisition

Visit the exhibition tent near the Strzelecki Monument at Banjo Paterson Park to collect an Event Guide (for a gold coin donation) and participate in the People’s Choice Award.

Sunday 1st April 2018

8am to 9pm – Sculptures exhibited for viewing and acquisition

Visit the exhibition tent near the Strzelecki Monument at Banjo Paterson Park to collect an Event Guide (for a gold coin donation) and participate in the People’s Choice Award.

4pm to 6pm – Drinks with the Artists & Announcement of People’s Choice Award Winner

Monday 2nd April 2018

8am to Midday – Sculptures exhibited for viewing and acquisition

Visit the exhibition tent near the Strzelecki Monument at Banjo Paterson Park to collect an Event Guide (for a gold coin donation).


After its stunning success last Easter, the Lake Light Sculpture committee is Calling for Entries for the 2018 Event to be held next Easter on the foreshores of Lake Jindabyne from 30th March – 2ndApril 2018 with a record prize pool of $20,000 including the Major Prize of $10,000.

“Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organisations and supporters of this event, we are again able to offer a prize pool of $20,000 including the Major Prize of $10,000” said Lake LightCommittee Chair, Lisa Matthes. “The illumination of the sculptures which may be viewed at night under the Easter Full moon makes Lake Light Sculpture a unique outdoor exhibition and to encourage artists to incorporate illumination into their artworks, we will again be offering an Illumination Award Category of $5,000 along with the People’s Choice Illumination Award Category”.

The Snowy Mountains’ area is a great holiday destination at Easter and the picturesque Snowy Mountains and Lake backdrop combined with glorious Autumn colours provide a wonderful setting for sculptures.

Longtime exhibitor to the event & multiple Major Award Winner, Eden’s Jesse Graham was thrilled to sell another of his sculptures, the 2018 Major Award winning piece Buoyansea to the Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce where it is now proudly on display on Beach Road. This piece will join Song & Dance in his array of public arts acquisitions which was purchased by the Snowy Monaro Regional Council after the 2013 Lake Light Sculpture event.

With record sculpture sales last Easter, the event continues to grow and is now considered one of the feature events on the Snowy Mountains’ Summer calendar and the Regional Arts NSW calendar. Prize levels in all categories continue to be high with many diverse categories including a range of Environmental, Encouragement and Community Awards attracting entries from established professional and emerging artists, tradespeople, local school and community groups.

The Application Form can be found at and entries close 2nd March 2018.

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lisa Matthes on 0409 553 651 or via

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