South Australia To Become First State To Ban Selected Single-Use Plastics

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South Australia is set to become the first state to ban specific single-use plastic items.

According to the ABC, the SA Government said it will write legislation this year, for introduction into Parliament in 2020, banning specific single-use plastic items including straws and cutlery.

Of the decision regarding which single-use plastic items to ban, Environment Minister David Spiers said: “At first, we will look at products including plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers, with items such as takeaway polystyrene containers and cups next.”

"Further consideration would be needed when looking at takeaway coffee cups, plastic bags and other takeaway food service items following consultation,” David Spiers said.

According to the Guardian, the SA Government will first implement this ban via voluntary “plastic free precincts”, through which local businesses will help determine the specifics of the statewide ban.

Lightweight plastic bags are banned in all Australian states except for New South Wales. In 2019, California became the first US State to ban dine-in restaurants from automatically serving single-use plastic straws to customers.

Via the ABCthe Guardian, and Business Insider.

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