Single-use plastics banned in SA after legislation passes parliament

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South Australia has become the first state in the nation to ban the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastics.

The Liberal government’s Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill passed parliament on Wednesday, outlawing products such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers

However, the laws will not come into effect until early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Environment Minister David Spiers says many South Australians has vocalised their support for the legislation.

“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,” he said.

South Australia has become the first state to outlaw single-use plastic products such as straws and cutlery.

“This will give businesses time to bounce back and properly prepare before the ban comes into effect in early 2021.

“This approach strikes an appropriate balance between the public’s desire for change and the needs of businesses.”

The measures will also allow for other items to be progressively added to the banned list.

South Australia was the first Australian state to introduce a container deposit scheme and the first to ban single-use plastic bags.

A number of cafes and restaurants across Adelaide are already plastic free as demand for sustainable products increases.


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