Today's the day! Single Use Plastic Ban has commenced!
Our single-use plastics ban has commenced! We’ve asked South Australian businesses, industry and community to get on board and help us replace the waste by either doing away with unnecessary items altogether or replacing them with more sustainable alternatives.
We are the first Australian jurisdiction to ban single-use plastic products and I am so proud to be part of a government that has worked hard to deliver this important environmental reform.
Our pioneering legislation bans single-use plastic items including cutlery, straws and drink stirrers, then in 12 months time, oxo-degradable plastic products and expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers (such as cups, bowls, plates and clam-shell containers) will also be banned. Importantly this legislation also outlines a framework for more products to be added into the future.
Two years ago, I announced that we would be pursuing this legislative reform and subsequently commenced consultation for feedback on introducing a ban. The response was overwhelmingly positive. We established a stakeholder taskforce and drafted a Bill that community and industry were all able to engage on. Working closely with our valued stakeholder groups from the outset to now has enabled a smooth transition period, which has secured strong support.
I cannot state enough how important this reform is, not only for our environment, but also to further cement South Australia as the national leader in waste management and protecting our environment. From the establishment of the Container Deposit Legislation in 1977 to banning lightweight plastic shopping bags in 2008, we have always led the charge. And today we are once again setting the example.
I want to acknowledge the stakeholder taskforce and the team at Green Industries SA for all their hard work in shaping this legislation and working hard to enable this commencement date.