South Australia has long been a leader in waste management and sustainable packaging reform, being the first state in Australia to ban the bag back in 2009 and first to implement a container deposit scheme.
While debate on plastic bans had been delayed due to the global pandemic, now the state is set to ban single-use plastic items like straws, cutlery and stirrers from early 2021.
Other Australian states are looking at similar initiatives, with Queensland recently committing to phasing out the problematic single-use plastics by July 2021.
The Australian Capital Territory is anticipated to bring out a similar bill this year, and New South Wales and Western Australia have completed public consultation in this area.
South Australia, too, will have further developments in its legislation – utilising a staged approach to phase out other single-use plastic items over several years.