For generations the South Australian community has been at the forefront of embracing positive environmental behaviours: from the introduction of container deposit legislation in the 1970s, to the plastic bag ban in 2009, and, more recently, to ensuring food waste is put in kerbside collected green bins for composting.
Now we are getting ready to start the phase-out of single-use plastics.
From March 1, 2021, in legislation which is an Australian first, the sale, supply or distribution of single-use plastic drinking straws, cutlery and drink stirrers in South Australia will be prohibited. Exemptions will apply for people with disabilities or health needs allowing them to access single-use plastic straws from businesses which choose to supply these items.
You can still use items purchased ahead of the legislation starting on March 1, 2021. However, from March 1, 2021, when you purchase a drink or food, either for dine-in or take away, you will not be offered single-use plastic cutlery, stirrers or straws. You may be offered an alternative product which is reusable, recyclable or compostable such as those shown here, or you may choose to bring your own reusable straw.
From March 1, 2022 this ban will be extended to expanded polystyrene cups, bowls, plates and clamshell containers.
This legislation will help the community to shift away from the wasteful consumption of single-use plastics to more environmentally responsible alternatives and will help tackle the problem of litter and its associated impacts, such as harm caused to wildlife.
These small changes for you mean a positive change for all of us, now and in the future.