Single-use plastics still being distributed at markets years after Darwin city council ban – Australia

Posted on October 31, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations


Introduced to stop plastic from Darwin’s popular markets being used for a few minutes before harming the environment for centuries, the 2019 ban required retailers to turn to biodegradable or compostable alternatives instead.

He said many affordable solutions simply melt in Darwin’s intense heat.

“We bought … PLA [polylactic acid lids] – the appropriate lids – in from overseas, and we lost probably 120,000 of them they were thrown away, a few thousand dollars,” Mr Hancock said.

Others fear a blind eye is being turned as conventional plastics slowly return, setting a concerning precedent for when the Northern Territory follows other jurisdictions and phases out the products altogether by 2025.

‘Standard plastics have come back’

And in Darwin, there is no commercial composting facility to provide conditions suitable to break down materials from polyactic acid.

The Darwin council said four years ago that it planned to construct one, however it is still undertaking a business case.

It said it planned to have a facility operational within the next few years.

“If [PLA-based materials] go back to landfill, it’s not clear what is going to happen with these products,” Ms Paganetto said.