Have YourSay on phasing out single-use plastics

Have YourSay on phasing out single-use plastics
Thu 14 Oct 2021 - Wed 12 Jan 2022 Online survey or
submit a written submission via email or mail Inclusive and accessible communities
Rights protection, justice and legislation
Health and wellbeing
The ACT is one of the first Australian jurisdictions to pass laws to ban certain single-use plastics.

The Plastic Reduction Act 2021 which came into effect 1 July 2021 bans the sale, supply or distribution of single-use plastic cutlery, plastic beverage stirrers and expanded polystyrene takeaway food and beverage containers.

A consultation period to inform the development of regulations to ban additional single-use plastic items is underway.

From 1 July 2022, the ACT Government is proposing an additional ban on the following items:

single-use plastic straws (with exemptions for those who need them)
single-use plastic fruit and vegetable “barrier bags”
cotton buds with plastic sticks
all oxo-degradable plastic products such as degradable plastic bags and degradable dog waste bags. These have additives that enable the plastic to break down into tiny fragments (microplastics) which do not completely decompose and are harmful to the environment.

Businesses, community organisations and individuals are invited to provide feedback to the Minister by 12 January 2022.

You can have your say about these four items by:

Completing the survey at the link provided below
Sending in a written submission via email or mail to:
email: singleuseplastics@act.gov.au - please use the subject title Single-use plastics: Tranche 2
mail to: Waste Policy, Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate, PO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601.

The ACT Government thanks the Canberra community groups for making this important transition away from single-use plastics and towards more sustainable alternatives.
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