South Australia Bans Single Use Plastics & Queensland May Follow.
In a valiant campaign to reduce the environmental impact of harmful man made materials, South Australia has introduced a set of laws that ban businesses and consumers from single use plastics such as cutlery, straws and stirrers.
This makes South Australia a prominent pioneer towards the protection of wildlife ecosystems. Additionally, a list of other single use plastics on the “hit list” include single use coffee cups, lids, bowls, plates, food containers, balloon sticks, balloon ties, bags and plastic-stemmed cotton buds.
When Will It Happen?
The date of the plastic exodus has been pushed back to next year, due to the effects covid-19 is unfortunately having on communities and the hospitality sector.
“This will give businesses time to bounce back and properly prepare before the ban comes into effect in early 2021. This approach strikes an appropriate balance between the public’s desire for change and the needs of businesses.” says South Australian environment minister, David Speirs as he highlights the silver lining.
Speirs also mentioned “Over the next couple of years I think we’ll move quickly towards being single-use plastic free, there’s a real hunger in the community.“
Will Other States Follow?
South Australia may not be alone in introducing these laws in 2021 as the Queensland government has also begun discussing new legislation banning single using plastics. The state may even go further and prohibit polystyrene products, coffee cups, takeaway food containers and heavyweight plastic bags.
“Plastics are lethal to iconic Queensland marine animals like turtles and whales, so it is wonderful to see the Palaszczuk government table laws that will ban some of the worst offenders,” Shane Cucow, AMCS’s plastics spokesperson.
“Sharp, highly likely to be contaminated and commonly found in waterways, these plastics can cause serious injuries. They get stuck in airways and cause painful internal injuries and poisoning when eaten.”
This legislation is currently undergoing a review by a Parliamentary Committee and may be passed within a matter of months.
According to Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch, 94% of the submissions received during the review process were in favour of banning these harmful single use plastics. “With earth friendly alternatives now widely available, it’s time to ditch killer plastics throughout all of Australia.” says Cucow.