South Australia has finally imposed a strict ban on single-use plastics such as straws and cutlery with the government targeting other items to add to the prohibited list.
According to LadBible, the state has become the first jurisdiction in the country to bring in such a ban. However, several states have announced similar plans to ditch the short-lived plastic.
In a release to the public, Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the legislation does not prevent members of the community from bringing their own straws to cafes.
The law specifically prevents the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic items and businesses who don’t comply will now be subject to serious fines.
The LadBible quoted Environment Minister David Speirs saying, “South Australia is yet again leading the nation when it comes to environmental issues with the Marshall Liberal Government’s historic ban on single-use plastics.”
“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.”
Bioplastics, like PLA (Polylactic Acid), that can be labelled compostable, are also banned as these can only be composted under strict industrial conditions.