When ordering alternatives for the prohibited products ask your supplier if the items meet the requirements of the ACT’s legislation.
For single-use plastic cutlery and drink stirrers:
- Does the item contain any plastic or bioplastic?
- Are there glues or other additives/bonding agents used in the product? These too are made from either conventional plastic or bioplastic and are included in the ban.
If the answer to the above questions is yes, then do not purchase as they are banned items.
When selecting cutlery and drink stirrers, also consider if the item has Forest Stewardship Council certification. This ensures that paper and wood products do not contribute to environmental destruction or habitat loss.
For single-use expanded polystyrene foam takeaway food and beverage containers:
- Are the items made from expanded polystyrene?
If the answer is yes, then do not purchase as it is a banned item.
When selecting takeaway food containers also consider if the alternative the most sustainable choice. Cardboard or bagasse containers are the preferred alternatives to expanded polystyrene takeaway food and beverage containers, although other conventional plastics are also not prohibited.