South Australia’s historic ban on single-use plastic products has started on March 01, 2021, with drinking straws, stirrers and cutlery to be prohibited from sale, supply or distribution across the state.
The ban is the first of its kind across Australia and follows the ground-breaking legislation passing Parliament last year.
Bioplastics, like PLA (Polylactic Acid), that can be labelled compostable, are also banned as these can only be composted under strict industrial conditions.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs, who visited Bond and Lane Canteen in Colonel Light Gardens today, said 1 March 2021 will forever be a proud day for South Australia.
“We are the first state in the country to take this action and from tomorrow plastic drinking straws, cutlery and stirrers will be banned from sale, supply and distribution in South Australia.
“By being a first mover nationally we’ve already seen businesses who manufacture re-useable and compostable alternatives start to set up in South Australia, which means our single-use plastic ban will have significant economic benefits and create local jobs, as well as being good for the environment.
“We will continue to consider more products such as takeaway coffee cups, plastic barrier bags and other takeaway food service items as market demand increases and other sustainable alternatives become available.
“We are protecting our environment for future generations, reducing marine and other litter, and promoting the circular economy with a shift away from a single-use, throwaway mindset.
The legislation does not prevent members of the community from bringing their own straws to cafes, and any business can choose to supply individual single-use plastic drinking straws on request, due to disability or medical needs.
Prescribed businesses including pharmacies, Local Government offices, charities, and medical, dental and care facilities are able to sell and supply packs of straws for these purposes.
Learn more: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/sas-historic-ban-on-single-use-plastic-starts-tomorrow