On Saturday morning South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall announced on Facebook that the Marshall Liberal Government will ban a range of single-use plastics in South Australia under proposed legislation to be introduced into State Parliament.
Earlier this year, the government asked South Australians for their feedback on single-use plastics.
The overwhelming majority called for swift action.
As a result, they’ve developed a plan to ban a range of single-use plastic products and other single-use items.
The State Government will be releasing draft legislation for further public consultation later this year with the intention to introduce it to the Parliament in 2020.
It follows South Australia leading the charge, as the first state or territory in Australia to bag plastic bags at the checkout in supermarkets back in 2009.
Once the new legislation has commenced, single-use plastic straws, plastic cutlery and plastic stirrers will immediately be phased out.
Within 12 months, takeaway polystyrene containers and cups. Ongoing changes will effect takeaway coffee cups, plastic bags and other takeaway food service items.
To accommodate for the public and businesses and ensure that the transformation is smooth, everything will not be banned straight away. The State Government has promised to continue to consult, collaborate and inform the community on single-use plastics.
For more information on this important legislation head to the Government of South Australia’s Green Industries SA.
Steven Marshall’s original post is below.
And while the Marshall Government works on this agenda, the Star of the Sea primary school in Henley Beach has been actively introducing initiatives, including going bin-free, replacing plastic straws with pasta straws, and replacing plastic cutlery with bamboo cutlery (all of which is composted at the school after it’s used). Enjoy some inspiration from them below.