As of 1st September 2021, Queensland will be introducing bans on certain single-use plastics, including plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, bowls, plates, and expanded polystyrene cups and containers.

As many community groups provide takeaway food and drink as part of their community and fundraising activities, this may affect how you operate. As such, your group may benefit from information on how to comply with the new bans.

To help you prepare, the Qld Government has contracted The Boomerang Alliance* to conduct a series of evening forums across the state to answer your questions on:

  • What items are included in the ban?
  • What alternative products can be used?
  • How can my organisation adapt to comply with the ban?

Forums are held in the evening and consist of a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. It will include explanations on practices to avoid and reduce packaging, tailored for specific scenarios (e.g. at a sausage sizzle, sports events, holding your own event, etc.)

You will be provided with a take-home brief on the ban, a procurement guide, and details of sources for further information.

Locally, a forum is to be held on Thursday 12th August, 6:30-7:30pm @ Elanora Community Centre, 26 Galleon Way, Elanora.

If you would like to attend, please click here to register via the Boomerang Alliance Eventbrite page. Event attendance is free (please note that tickets do not need to printed - just show up!)

For questions, contact Tanja at

*The Boomerang Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation that has been actively involved in the design of Queensland’s Single-use Plastic Ban. They run the national Plastic Free Places Program, which works in communities to assist retailers to transition away from single-use plastics.

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