Victoria is set to ban single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery, plates, drink containers and cotton bud sticks by 2023.
According to the Victorian government website single-use plastics make up one third of all litter that is found in public, which is why the state government is set to look at ways of replacing these plastic items with reusable alternatives.
The ban will not affect medical or scientific equipment, emergency management services, or people who require specific single-use plastic products due to disability or for health and safety.
The government will work with the aged care and disability sectors to understand and develop exemptions for people who require straws or other single-use plastics.
The state government is looking to work with industry and local government to support the transition to reusable products, and will publicly consult on and finalise the regulations. The ban commences in February 2023.