South australia bans single-use plastics

South Australia has passed new laws to remove single-use plastics from our community, and by doing so becomes the first state to pass such legislation in Australia.

We have banned the sale, supply and distribution of plastic products such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers whilst also mapping a plan for the removal of polystyrene and oxo-degradable plastic.

In 1977, South Australia was the first State to introduce a deposit on beverage containers and then in 2008, our State again led the nation when we passed a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags.

Now in 2020, we have passed the Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2020 and you can see my speech on this legislation here.

Due to the ongoing impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, the commencement of the legislation won’t occur until early 2021. This will give businesses time to prepare and sensibly balance the public’s desire for change and the needs of businesses.

I would like to take this moment to say thank you, to everyone who provided feedback to my office on this very important legislation.

This is another great win for the environment and our community, and I invite you to continue participating in democracy.