Victoria’s single-use plastics ban – commencing 1 February 2023

Project Manager - Knox Council
  • To help stop plastic pollution, the Victorian Government is banning single-use plastic straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, expanded polystyrene food and drink containers and cotton bud sticks from 1 February 2023.
  • The ban will apply to items that are made from conventional plastic, as well as degradable and compostable plastics – such as bioplastics.
  • We encourage your business to start preparing for the ban now:
    • Run down stocks of banned items, and avoid ordering any more
    • Consider what you will sell or use instead of banned items – this could include not providing these items, switching to reusable items or choosing alternative single-use items, such as those made from bamboo, wood or paper
    • To make it easy, there is a dedicated Draft Regulations platform that you can engage with for regular updates.
  • Single-use plastic straws will remain available for people who need them due to a disability or for medical reasons.


  • The Victorian Government is now considering feedback received during public consultation in April-May, with the regulations to be finalised later this year, ahead of the ban commencing on 1 February 2023.


  • Further guidance on the ban will be provided once regulations are finalised.



Project Manager - Knox Council