Victoria to ban single-use plastics including straws, cutlery and plates by 2023 – ABC NewsPosted on February 28, 2021 by DrRossH in General, Plastic Limiting Regulations
Plastic straws, cutlery, plates, drink stirrers, polystyrene food and drink containers, and plastic cotton bud sticks are the specific items getting phased out, the state government announced today.
“We believe that these are the easiest items that have substitutes available right now.”
This is very good news for the oceans and marine life. Extensive data collecting by BeachPatrol over the last 5 years however, on the types of plastic in the Port Phillip Bay, show the above items (except for straws) have the lowest count out of 28 different plastic items found. There are more common littered items that could be banned. Balloons, bottle tops, bottle labels, fast food containers, pre production pallets – Nurdles for example. The upcoming container refund scheme in 2023 has a good chance of drastically reducing bottle label litter and bottle tops
AS for the comments by Mr Lambert from the Restaurant association, about it being hard to find repalcement items due to Covid. What has covid got to do with supply of these type items? Nothing. It would appear he is not familiar with purchasing.
Then the comment about it would ‘make meals more expensive by up to $1’. Probably no where near that in reality. They industry has not been paying the real cost of these items for the last 40 years, so to complain now about having to use a more responsible material other than single use plastic is simply ignorant of what damage that industry is doing in the world all this time.