Qld govt considers single-use plastic ban

Sonia Kohlbacher

Plastic straws, cutlery, plates and stirrers could soon be banned in Queensland under a state government plan to cut down on waste.

A law forbidding the supply of single-use plastic items will be introduced to parliament next year, Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch says.

Ms Enoch said the state government was also looking at extending such a ban to coffee cups, plastic cups and heavy-duty shopping bags.

"There is a growing concern amongst Queenslanders about the amount of plastic being used in everyday life," she said.

"Both government and the community need to work together and while research shows Queenslanders are on board with tackling plastics, we will undertake extensive consultation with the community on this issue."

Ms Enoch says reusable or 100 per cent compostable alternatives are available to the plastic items the government wants to ban.

"We will also identify and develop new businesses and markets to transform the way plastic is recovered, reused and recycled," she added.