NSW & WA leading with fast-tracked plastics ban – Australia

Posted on June 18, 2021 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

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From next year, lightweight plastic bags, disposable plastic straws and cutlery, plastic cotton buds, microbeads, and other forms of single-use plastics will be banned in the NSW state, as part of the government’s $365 million five-year plan to reduce plastic waste by 30 per cent by 2025.

NSW environment minister Matt Kean says the changes were necessary because sticking to the current trend will see more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

As for WA, the state has fast-tracked its efforts by four years, now aiming to phase-out single-use plastic bowls, cups, plates, cutlery, straws, polystyrene food containers, thick plastic bags, helium balloons, takeaway coffee cups and lids, along with other single-use plastic materials by 2022.

Well done these two states.  A good first start.