Published on Tuesday, 3 May 2022 at 3:59:53 PM

To reduce plastic pollution, the WA Government is implementing a ban on certain plastic items, these bans take effect from 1 July 2022.


The 2022 ban includes items such as: all plastic shopping bags (including thick bags); disposable plastic straws, cutlery; disposable plastic cups for cold drinks; and a range of food ware items. Please note that compostable or ‘plant-based’ plastics are also not allowed for most of these items. Detailed information on the ban and allowed alternatives is available here:


Given the wide range of items, the ban impacts a large proportion of retailers many will need to take urgent action to be compliant by the enforcement dates.

The National Retail Association (NRA) is delivering a range of resources and assistance for businesses including a tollfree hotline (1800 817 723), website for businesses ( and a range of factsheets, posters and point-of-sale materials to help.

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