Australian Capital Territory Legislation Explained
Similarly to SA, the ACT were one of the first states to enforce a ban on single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags in 2011.
The ACT government consulted the public on the issue of single-use plastics and results from the phasing out single-use plastics engagement report indicated that over 90% of the community submission support action on single-use plastics.
Driven by public consultation, the ACT government introduced the Plastic Reduction Bill 2020 which proposes progressively phasing out sale and distribution of particular single-use plastic items. The bill also considers that public events will be declared as single-use plastic free and therefore, other single-use plastic items could be banned at public events beyond the items listed in the act.
On 30 March 2021, the Plastic Reduction Bill 2020 passed the ACT legislative assembly. Thus, legislation will be effective from 1 July 2021 and immediate product phase outs make it beneficial for businesses to begin switching to legislative compliant packaging alternatives.