Legislation on single-use plastics is starting to be debated again – with Queensland the latest to introduce legislation banning single-use plastics.
Just the second state to do so following South Australia, Queensland’s legislation has identified a commencement date of July 1, 2021 to ban plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers and plates.
While these problematic plastic items have been flagged for immediate ban, other items such as takeaway cups, plastic containers, and heavyweight plastic bags may be included in an extension of the legislation.
Other Australian jurisdictions, too, are looking at similar bans, with the ACT expected to introduce a bill this year, after delaying debate due to the coronavirus pandemic.
New South Wales and Western Australia have recently completed public consultation in this area and are likely to bring in legislation to align with public feedback.
South Australia had signalled a start date for their plastic items ban from June 30, 2020 – however the legislation was removed from the discussion list back in April of this year due to concerns about the impact of the coronavirus.