WA’s single-use plastics ban on 1 March 2024: A guide for cafes and roasters

Western Australia has long been leading the way in phasing out single-use plastics across the country and the next stage of WA’s single-use plastics ban will aim to further reduce the impact of plastic packaging on the environment, coming into effect on March 1, 2024. For cafes and roasters, this means that some packaging products […]

Western Australia has long been leading the way in phasing out single-use plastics across the country and the next stage of WA’s single-use plastics ban will aim to further reduce the impact of plastic packaging on the environment, coming into effect on March 1, 2024. For cafes and roasters, this means that some packaging products will need to be replaced with alternative, more sustainable coffee packaging options. Let’s have a look at what these regulatory adjustments mean and how businesses can adapt quickly to remain compliant with regulations.

Strengthening the ban: What’s changing?


The updated regulations expand the scope of banned single-use plastics to cover coffee cups and coffee cup lids, with some exceptions.

Newly banned items include: 

  • Disposable plastic cups of any shape which are used for hot drinks such as tea, coffee and hot chocolate
  • Disposable plastic-lined paper/fibre cups which are not certified compostable (see below)
  • Disposable plastic cup lids for all hot and cold cups
  • Paperboard/fibre cup lids which have a plastic or bioplastic lining
  • Bioplastic lids made purely from bioplastic
  • Certified compostable plastic lids
  • Heat-sealed films made of plastic or bioplastic

Exceptions to the ban: 

  • Disposable paper or fibre cups which are lined or coated with plastic or bioplastic where the whole cup has achieved the Australian Standard for industrial composting (AS 4736:2006) or home composting (AS 5810:2010)
  • Plastic beverage containers such as soft drink/juice bottles or jars (however, these may have obligations under the State Government’s Containers for Change container deposit scheme)
  • Containers which are used for food (for example, a container for ice cream or soup may be called a ‘cup’ but is defined as a bowl under this ban – see rules for foodware)
  • Reusable plastic cups that are designed for reuse, being strong and sturdy
  • Paperboard/fibre lids without a lining
  • Reusable plastic cup lids that are designed for washing and reuse (eg. as part of a ‘keep’ cup)

Steps to take to ensure compliance with WA’s single use plastic bans 


The first step is to assess your current packaging. Identify items that fall under the banned category and prioritise their replacement with eco-friendly alternatives. Here’s some examples of swaps you can make: 

  • Instead of PLA lids, shift to a product such as our sugarcane home compostable lid range which is certified to the Australian Standard for home composting
  • Replace plastic-lined cups with an alternative like our compostable cup range which is certified to the Australian Standard for industrial composting (AS 4736-2006)

Need some support in figuring it out? You can always book a free discovery call with Russ, our sustainability and coffee freshness guru, who coincidentally, is also based out of WA so has a pretty good handle on what these regulations mean for cafes and roasters out west.

Even though these shifts can feel pretty big and at times confusing to navigate for cafes and roasters, the positive perspective is that these regulatory changes are big steps in the right direction as together we combat single use plastic pollution for a better, more sustainable industry. Onwards and upwards from here!

This information was summarised from the Plastics Ban WA website 

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