Will Australia follow Britain’s plastic straw ban?

Posted on April 23, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants Australia to ban the sale of plastic straws. But Malcolm Turnbull has said no – for now.

Source: Will Australia follow Britain’s plastic straw ban?

What will Australia do?

At the moment, the short answer is not much. 

Mr Turnbull, who is in London for CHOGM, said Australia will not commit to a ban on single-use plastics.

He said it was currently a state government issue. To date, every Australian state and territory except NSW has either pledged to or introduced a ban or tax on single-use plastic bags.

“The banning of plastic bags and other items of plastic has been debated in Australia over many years; it’s largely a matter of state regulation, the Productivity Commission has had a look at it, it’s something that will come up for review,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“It’s not a simple matter, because it can impose additional costs and can create additional pollution, so the important point is to ensure plastic waste does not find its way into our oceans.”

Australian environmental group Boomerang Alliance said it was “not good enough to pass responsibility for this national problem to the states.”

This is so poor of Australia.   The government is so entrenched in looking after industry now and not the desires of the people or the future of Australia.