Single-use Plastic Product legislation in South Australia
The Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2020 was introduced to Parliament on 30 April 2020. This Bill prohibits the sale, supply and distribution of certain single-use plastic products and establishes a framework for adding other products in the future. The legislation has been prepared to implement the government’s July 2019 announcement to address the impacts of single-use plastic products.
A draft Bill [The Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2019] was released for public consultation between 14 December 2019 and 7 February 2020. Feedback on the draft legislation, received via submissions and raised at the Single-Use Plastics Stakeholder Taskforce, has helped inform the structure and scope of the current Bill. The government considered feedback on the draft legislation in finalising the Bill for introduction to Parliament. A summary of submissions received and the government’s response is available here.
Importantly, the Bill contains a provision to implement an exemption that will allow for the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic straws to those in the community who rely on them due to disability or medical need. This exemption will be implemented via regulations, yet to be drafted, following the passage of the Bill.
Explanatory information has been prepared to help explain the proposed exemption regulations for single-use plastic straws and for other purposes.