Further bans served to single use plastics – Our Canberra

Further bans served to single use plastics – Our Canberra

Posted on May 30, 2023 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

Further bans served to single use plastics

Source: Further bans served to single use plastics – Our Canberra

From 1 July 2023, the ACT Government will ban additional single-use plastics including single-use plastic plates and bowls, expanded polystyrene loose fill packaging and trays, and plastic microbeads in rinse-off personal care and cleaning products.

These items join the list of single-use plastics that have already been banned in the ACT, including:

  • single-use plastic straws (with exemptions for those who need them)
  • cotton buds with plastic sticks
  • all oxo-degradable plastics. These plastics contain additives which cause them to break down into harmful microplastics. They are often used in products like dog waste bags and rubbish bags and can be labelled as degradable.
  • single-use plastic cutlery
  • single-use plastic stirrers
  • expanded polystyrene takeaway food and beverage containers.
  • single-use plastic shopping bags at or below 35 micrometres in thickness.

From 1 January 2024, the ACT Government will also phase out heavyweight and boutique plastic bags.

Banned from 1 January 2024 Heavyweight and boutique plastic bags (greater than 35 microns in thickness). The ban applies to all shopping bags that are made (fully or partially) of plastic. This includes soft plastic bags greater than 35 microns in thickness, and bags made from plastic-laminated paper or cardboard. The ban does not apply to: • unsealed bags used to package perishable food such as fruit or cooked poultry • nylon, polyester or woven polypropylene shopping bags • non-woven polypropylene bag with a minimum weight of 90g/m² measured as a single layer of fabric, with sewn, rather than heat-welded seams.