Barb's Kitchen Fernvale owner Barbara Frohloff. Photo: Dominic Elsome
Barb's Kitchen Fernvale owner Barbara Frohloff. Photo: Dominic Elsome

Why takeaway meal prices are set to increase

TAKEAWAY prices are set to rise, following a complete ban on single-use plastic items.

A new legislation was introduced this week, banning single-use plastic items, such as straws, cutlery, plates, and stirrers.

Barb Frohloff, who operates Barb's Kitchen at Minden and Fernvale, said the ban would likely push prices up due to the cost of biodegradable items.

Her Minden store trades at about 80 per cent takeaway.

"The only plastic we use is the straws and the disposable cutlery. We would have to get new disposable cutlery," Mrs Frohloff said.

 

Barb's Kitchen Fernvale owner Barbara Frohloff
Barb's Kitchen Fernvale owner Barbara Frohloff

 

"For fish and chips, we use paper, so that won't be an issue."

The law follows submissions almost 20,000 submissions for a single-use plastic ban, where 90 per cent were in favour of supporting a July 2021 start date.

Mrs Frohloff questioned how it would impact certain items such as takeaway coffee cups and milkshake cups, which were paper based but had plastic lids.

"Maybe they will come up with an alternative lid," she said.

At Forest Hill's popular Viet Kitchen, chef and manager Nga Ho said her business wouldn't be overly impacted.

"We don't give a lot of cutlery for takeaway, they just pick it up and take it home," Mrs Ho said.

 

TOP FEAST: Viet Kitchen, Forest Hill, chef and manager Nga Ho.
TOP FEAST: Viet Kitchen, Forest Hill, chef and manager Nga Ho.

 

The new law encourages businesses and communities to use alternative quick use items made from bamboo, wood or bioplastic.

The bill makes provisions for other items to be banned through regulation, following a consultation process.

Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said the items chosen for the ban list were often associated with away-from-home activities.

He said information from surveys and events such as Clean Up Australia Day showed the items ranked in the top 10 number of items found.

"But that doesn't mean other items can't be banned," he said.

"The bill makes provisions for other items to be banned items through regulation."

People with permanent or temporary disabilities or healthcare needs that require single-use plastic straws will need to buy them at pharmacies, hospitals, dental and medical clinics.

Schools will also be able to access single-use plastic items should students have similar needs.

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