South Australia to Ban Single-Use Plastics
SA is going to be leading the way in taking action on single-use plastics.
It was announced by South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall that the Government will ban a range of single-use plastics in South Australia under proposed legislation to be introduced into parliament.
Earlier in the year, South Australians were asked for feedback on single-use plastics and the vast majority called for action on reducing waste. In response to this, they’ve developed a plan to ban a range of single-use plastic products and other single-use items.
Draft legislation will be released by The State Government for further public consultation later this year with the intention to introduce it to the Parliament in 2020.
The proposed new legislation will:
✅ Phase out immediately single-use plastic straws, plastic cutlery and plastic stirrers.
✅ Phase out after 12 months items such as takeaway polystyrene containers and cups.
✅ Further consultation when looking at takeaway coffee cups, plastic bags and other takeaway food service items.
This is not the first time South Australia has been leading the way. It has been over 40 years since South Australia’s container deposit scheme came into effect offering a 5 cent refund, and now 10 cent refund, for depositing bottles and cans for recycling. The scheme was the first of its kind in Australia, with legislation introduced by the Dunstan State Government in 1975, and brought into effect in 1977.
South Australia was the only state or territory with such a successful recycling scheme for 35 years before the Northern Territory introduced one in 2012. New South Wales and Western Australia have since introduced similar schemes and Queensland only came onboard from mid-2018.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Green Industries website
What: South Australia to Ban Single-Use Plastics
When: Announced July 2019
Where: South Australia
Who: All South Australians
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