South Australia has become the first state in the country to ban single-use plastics with legislation passing Parliament on Wednesday 9 September 2020 and coming into effect Monday 1 March 2021.
The Marshall Liberal Government’s Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2020 bans the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic products such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers in South Australia.
However, in light of ongoing impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, such as restrictions still impacting on society and in particular the hospitality industry, the commencement of the legislation won’t take place until 1 March 2021.
There will be exemptions for people with a disability or health needs.
Back in September, Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said there has been strong feedback from South Australians keen to see action on single-use plastics.
“Today is an historic day for South Australia with the passing of legislation to ban certain single-use plastics,” said Minister Speirs.
“There has been significant community and industry support for swift action on single-use plastic products with many households and businesses across the state already taking steps to remove them.
The legislation will first of all see single-use plastic items like straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers banned, plus it outlines a framework for more items to be added in the future. Businesses will be given time to properly prepare before the ban comes into effect in early 2021.
Minister Speirs also said:
“Our legislation has been developed with the help of our Single-Use Plastics Taskforce which has representation from 15 different organisations, including people living with a disability.
“Through this taskforce we’ve developed an approach that balances the benefit to the environment with minimising impact for businesses and accommodating the needs of people living with a disability who might find themselves reliant on certain single-use plastics.
South Australia was the first state in Australia to introduce deposits on containers and was also the first state in Australia to ban lightweight plastic bags. We are now the first state to pass legislation banning single-use plastics.
To read the latest press release click here.
From 1 March 2021:
Single-use plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers will be prohibited from sale, supply or distribution in South Australia including bioplastic alternatives.
These single-use items can be replaced with reusable and plastic-free compostable alternatives.
Exemptions apply for single-use plastic straws.
From 1 March 2022:
Expanded polystyrene cups, bowls, plates and clamshell containers will also be prohibited from sale, supply or distribution in South Australia.
Oxo-degradable plastic products will also be prohibited from sale, supply or distribution as well as manufacture or production in the state.
Oxo-degradable plastic products have additives which enable the plastic to break down into tiny fragments (‘microplastics’) which do not completely decompose.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Replace the Waste website.
What: South Australia First State To Ban Single-use Plastics
When: From Monday 1 March 2021
Where: South Australia
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