Single-use plastic ban to kick in from March

South Australia’s ban on single-use plastics will start on 1 March 2021 with the Government launching an education campaign to help businesses and the public prepare for the changes.

In September South Australia became the first state in the nation to pass legislation to ban the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic products such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs today announced the start date during a visit to House of Health Collective – one of the first South Australian businesses to officially go single-use plastic free.

South Australia is leading the way nationally with our action on single-use plastics and the ban will start from 1 March 2021,” Minister Speirs said.

“Our legislation at first bans single-use plastic items like straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers and will expand to include other items such as polystyrene cups, bowls and plates in early 2022. There is also a framework for adding more items in the future.

“Single-use plastic products are designed to be used a limited number of times, often away from home, and thrown away, usually resulting in litter, waste and harm to wildlife, including marine life.

“Our legislation has been developed with the help of our Single-Use Plastics Taskforce which has representation from 15 different organisations, including people living with a disability.

“Through this taskforce we’ve developed an approach that balances the benefit to the environment while minimising impact for businesses and recognising the needs of people who rely on single-use plastic straws to safely consume beverages and food.”