The South Australian Government has announced an ‘Australian first’ in moving to ban a range of single-use plastics throughout the state following the introduction of legislation before Parliament.
The public release of the Turning the Tide on Single Use Plastics: The Next Steps legislation outlines how a ban would work throughout the state, targeting products including plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers being banned at first.
State Environment Minister, David Speirs, announced the formation of a stakeholder taskforce to help inform he development of legislation, comprising representatives of selected business, industry, local government and interest groups to ensure that impacts are mitigated and appropriate time is given for transition.
“It is clear from the more than 3,500 submissions that there is significant community and industry support for increased measures to address a range of single-use plastic products and other items,” said Minister Speirs.
“Nearly 99 per cent of respondents recognised the environmental problems associated with single use plastics and nearly 97 per cent supported government intervention.
“The community has called for swift action on single-use plastic products.
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.