Our plastic problem is significant, with the use of plastic still on the rise. If consumption continues at its current rate, it is estimated that plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish by 2050.
Single-use plastics heavily contribute to this problem. In fact, one million tonnes of Australia’s annual plastic consumption is single-use.
State and territory governments have begun to introduce legislation to target these identified problematic single-use plastic items. But, addressing the problem also requires a holistic approach across Australia.
That is why the Australian Government have released a National Plastics Plan that outlines immediate and long-term actions required to tackle Australia’s plastics problem. This Plan considers immediate product phase outs, redesign and innovation, new product development, recovery and resuse, and consumer eduction.
The Plan highlights three key overarching goals:
- Reduce plastic waste and increase recycling rates
- Find alternatives to the plastics we don’t need
- Reduce the amount of plastics impacting our environment