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Are You Ready for the Single-Use Plastic Ban?

Queensland’s plastic ban made easy for grassroots groups

From September 1 2021, certain single-use plastic items will be banned in Queensland, including plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, bowls and expanded polystyrene cups and containers. While it’s exciting news for consumers, Queensland’s single-use plastic ban may present a challenge to community organisations.

As many community groups provide takeaway food and drink as part of their community and fundraising activities, this may affect how you operate.

As such, community groups may benefit from information on how to comply with the new bans.

To help you prepare, the Queensland Government has contracted the Boomerang Alliance to conduct a series of early evening forums across the State to answer your questions on:

What items are included in the ban?
What alternative products can be used?
How can my organisation adapt to comply with the ban?

The Boomerang Alliance, who took the lead on lobbying for this important change, will present the forums in the format of a 30 minute presentation followed by a Question and Answer session.

As well as getting the low-down, participants will also get a take home brief on the ban as well as a procurement guide.

There are workshops across the entire state and FNQ has three:

12 July at Cairns, 13 July at Port Douglas and 14 July at Innisfail.

The forums run 5.30 – 6.30pm

You can register at: http://bit.ly/GCplasticban.

If you have any questions, please email Tanja at tanja.schueler@boomerangalliance.org.au


The Boomerang Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation that has been actively involved in the design of Queensland’s Single-use Plastic Ban. They run the national Plastic Free Places Program, which works in communities to assist retailers to transition away from single-use plastics.


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