Turning the Tide on Single-use Plastic Products

Next Steps for South Australia now released

Turning the Tide on Single Use Plastics: The Next Steps outlines how a potential ban on plastics would see certain products such as plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers being banned at first, whilst further products are considered for future intervention. To help inform the development of the legislation, a stakeholder taskforce will be established comprising representatives of selected business, industry, local government and interest groups to ensure that impacts are mitigated and appropriate time is given for transition. Click here for more information on the taskforce.

The banning of single-use plastic products will also be piloted through voluntary business/retailer led ‘Plastic Free Precincts’, which will identify opportunities and challenges associated with transitioning away from single-use plastic products and inform the legislation. Click here for more information on Plastic-Free Precincts.

Single-use plastics are attracting considerable local, national and international interest and the South Australian community has vocal in calling for action on items such as plastic bags, coffee cups and polystyrene.  A significant amount of information has been compiled by the European Union (EU) and other organisations on the impact of single-use plastics and in October 2018, the EU announced its intention to ban a range of single-use plastic items. Our community in South Australia also has a role in addressing unnecessary plastics and their impacts.

Click here to read a summary report of the feedback provided by the public, business and industry.


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