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NATIONAL ACTION AGAINST SINGLE-USE PROBLEMATIC PLASTICS

National Action against Single-Use Problematic Plastics

On March 4, 2021, the Australian Government released a National Plastics Plan outlining the immediate and long-term actions required, to work towards reducing Australia’s plastics problem.

The plan highlights the following overarching goals[1]:

  • Reduce plastic waste and increase recycling rates
  • Find alternatives to the plastics we don’t need
  • Reduce the amount of plastics impacting our environment

And identifies key actions required to achieve these goals[2]:

  • Phase out the most problematic plastics
  • Work towards making our beaches and oceans free of plastic
  • Introduce legislation to ensure Australia takes responsibility for its plastic waste
  • Invest to increase our recycling capacity
  • Research to find new recycling technologies and alternatives for unnecessary plastics
  • Support the community to help Australian’s recycling efforts

Ultimately, the plan aims to accelerate Australia’s progress in achieving APCO’s Towards 2025 National Packaging Targets.

 

Person picking up plastic waste on the beach.
Left hand filled with sea shells, and right hand filled with plastic waste found on the beach.

Key dates

July 2022

Under the federal government’s National Plastics Plan, all plastic packaging products with additive fragmentable technology that fail to meet relevant compostable standards (AS4736-2006, AS5810-2010 and EN13432) will be phased out nationally by July 2022.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) loose packaging fill and moulded packaging in consumer packaging (e.g. packaging around whitegoods) will also be phased out by the middle of 2022.

December 2022

The National Plastics Plan considers other expanded polystyrene (EPS) items and thus, by December 2022, EPS consumer food and beverage containers will be phased out nationally.

Additionally, a national phase out of PVC packaging labels will also occur by December 2022.

December 2023

Although no indicative date is available yet, the federal government’s plan highlights that by December 2023 a minimum of 80% of supermarket products must display the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL).

Enforcement & Penalties

The government are yet to release specifics around enforcement and penalties for failure to comply.

For more information, the full National Plastics Plan 2021 is available, here.

 

Head back to the Single-use Problematic Plastics in Australia home page, here.

Contact us about moving to Towards 2025 compliant packaging, here.

Browse our range of sustainable legislative compliant packaging, here.

 

References
[1] https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/a327406c-79f5-47f1-b71b-7388407c35a0/files/national-plastics-plan-2021.pdf
[1] https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/a327406c-79f5-47f1-b71b-7388407c35a0/files/national-plastics-plan-2021.pdf

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