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South Australia Becomes First To Outlaw Single-Use Plastics In The Country

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South Australia Becomes First To Outlaw Single-Use Plastics In The Country

South Australia's ban on single-use plastics has officially come into effect today (March 1).

The state has become the first jurisdiction in the country to bring in such a ban, however several states have announced similar plans to ditch the short-lived plastic.

South Australia's parliament passed legislation back in September to get rid of things like plastic straws and cutlery. They wanted to ensure the plastic didn't end up ruining our delicate environment.

The law specifically prevents the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic items and businesses who don't comply will now be subject to serious fines.

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Environment Minister David Speirs said: "South Australia is yet again leading the nation when it comes to environmental issues with the Marshall Liberal Government's historic ban on single-use plastics.

"We are the first state in the country to take this action and from tomorrow plastic drinking straws, cutlery and stirrers will be banned from sale, supply and distribution in South Australia.

"By being a first mover nationally we've already seen businesses who manufacture re-useable and compostable alternatives start to set up in South Australia, which means our single-use plastic ban will have significant economic benefits and create local jobs, as well as being good for the environment."

The state government hasn't ruled out including more types of single-use products, polystyrene cups, bowls and plates, in the ban from next year.

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There are exemptions to the rule to ensure people with disabilities can still eat and drink things.

Mr Speirs hopes the new law will play its part in keeping South Australia's environment free of plastic.

"We are protecting our environment for future generations, reducing marine and other litter, and promoting the circular economy with a shift away from a single-use, throwaway mindset," he said.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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