Queensland councils welcome further bans on harmful plastics

Published: 1st July 2022

Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Alison Smith said the State's new roadmap to further remove harmful plastics from the environment is a good outcome for Queensland.

The Palaszczuk Government today revealed its proposed five-year roadmap to phase out harmful, single-use plastics, following new survey results showing Queenslanders backed further bans on single-use plastics.

The ban on harmful plastics – which will apply from 1 September 2023 – will include microbeads, polystyrene packing peanuts and plastic-stemmed cotton buds, along with the mass release of lighter-than-air balloons. 

"This is a positive next step in the ongoing efforts to protect our environment and create a more sustainable future,” Ms Smith said.

"We thank the State Government for listening to local government feedback, along with the concerns of Queensland communities and other stakeholders," she said.

"Keeping these harmful plastics from entering our waterways and marine environments will help reduce the threat to the Great Barrier Reef and its ecosystem, and is a great outcome for the environment and our local communities."

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Vogler, External Relations Director
Phone: 0438 447 370
Local Government Association of Queensland