Rules and dates for produce bags have changed

Based on industry feedback and technical analysis, the WA Government has decided to amend the regulations relating to produce bags supplied for loose fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • Plastic produce bags that have achieved an Australian composting standard will be accepted as compliant alternatives. These bags were previously included in the ban.

The sale or supply of plastic produce bags for loose fresh fruit and vegetables will be banned from 1 September 2024 (instead of 1 March 2024).

The Western Australian Government is also reviewing whether barrier bags beyond those used for fresh fruit and vegetables should be phased out, and whether a design standard is required for all produce/barrier bags.  Businesses are strongly encouraged to register for updates via the Plastics Ban WA website or attend NRA’s regular information sessions. See the full official communication >

Coffee cups, cup lids & trays banned in March

Please note that other items in the WA March 2024 ban have not been affected by the above change, and businesses should commence phasing these out soon to meet the 1 March deadline.

Banned in WA from 1 March 2024:

  • disposable plastic cups for hot drinks
  • disposable plastic cup lids and seals (for hot or cold drinks)
  • disposable plastic trays for takeaway or eat-in food.

Please note the ban includes plastic linings or coatings, including those made from biodegradable or compostable polymers. Cups and trays can have plastic linings or coatings if the item has achieved Australian composting certification, however cup lids must be uncoated and plastic-free. More detail on cups, cup lids and trays >

Visit the website, download factsheets, attend free info sessions or contact the NRA team for advice.