Disposable plastic straws, plates and cutlery are about to be banned in Queensland after a parliamentary committee provided the green light to the plan.
Under the law, which is expected to be discussed next month in State Parliament, companies caught selling plastic straws and cutlery after July 1, 2021, will be fined up to $6672.
Health care providers and schools will be excluded from the ban.
Whether the bill will pass this year is not clear, with just three legislative sitting days remaining before the government goes into caretaker mode before the October 31 state election.
The act follows nearly 20,000 applications since November 2019 and is the first step of Queensland ‘s ban on throwaway plastic utensils.
After two years the law will be changed.
Since the implementation of the single-use bag ban in 2018, there has been a 70 per cent decrease in plastic bag litter.
In the first year of the 10th container recycling programme, more than 1 billion bottles and cans were recycled.