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Single-use problematic plastics in South Australia

SA - WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED.

On 1 March 2021, SA banned single-use plastic straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers – including bioplastic alternatives.

Now, stage two regulations are rolling out. From 1 March 2022, select expanded polystyrene (EPS) items, and oxo-degradable plastic packaging will be banned statewide.

We are here to help you understand the legislation, what items are being banned, and what your sustainable alternatives are. 

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Sustainable packaging from Detpak ahead of single-use plastic bans in South Australia

Detpak worked with packaging distributor Northland to help them prepare for upcoming bans.

"To assist our customers in preparing for stage two SA single-use plastic bans, we introduced a range of sugarcane and board packaging from Detpak. The packaging helped us service a variety of needs across cuisines, while also providing more sustainable options."
Keith Ryan - Northland Distributors

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Your sustainable options

Ready to move to a sustainable alternative? 

Our packaging experts have compiled a range of compliant product options.

Eco-Products®

New Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 24oz RECTANGULAR SUGARCANE CONTAINER

Item: N222S0001

AUD 60.61* AUD 75.76* / Carton (400)

New Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® LARGE 3 COMPARTMENT SQUARE SUGARCANE CONTAINER

Item: N512S0001

AUD 57.10* AUD 71.37* / Carton (200)

New ECO-PRODUCTS® 7 INCH 3-COMPARTMENT TACO SUGARCANE TRAY

Item: N024S0001

AUD 82.35* / Carton (300)

New Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® SUGARCANE 24/32OZ RECTANGULAR SUGARCANE CONTAINER LID

Item: V194S0001

AUD 55.34* AUD 69.17* / Carton (400)

New Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 24oz (710ml) NOODLE SUGARCANE BOWL

Item: N798S0001

AUD 59.73* AUD 74.66* / Carton (400)

New Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 32oz (940ml) NOODLE SUGARCANE BOWL

Item: N609S0001

AUD 71.59* AUD 89.49* / Carton (400)

New Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 40oz (1180ml) NOODLE SUGARCANE BOWL

Item: N522S0001

AUD 79.94* AUD 99.92* / Carton (400)

New Sale ECO-PRODUCTS® 24/32/40oz PLA FLAT NOODLE SUGARCANE BOWL LID

Item: V020S0064

AUD 83.89* AUD 104.86* / Carton (400)

New Sale ECO-PRODUCTS™ SMALL SUGARCANE CLAM

Item: P399S0001

AUD 67.64* AUD 84.55* / Carton (500)

New ECO-PRODUCTS® MEDIUM SUGARCANE CLAM

Item: P226S0001

AUD 63.68* / Carton (200)

New ECO-PRODUCTS® MEDIUM 3 COMPARTMENT SUGARCANE CLAM

Item: P665S0001

AUD 63.68* / Carton (200)

New ECO-PRODUCTS® EXTRA LARGE 3 COMPARTMENT SUGARCANE CLAM

Item: P841S0001

AUD 71.37* / Carton (200)

ENDURA

Best Seller REGULAR SNACK ENDURA BOX

Item: M274S0001

AUD 76.94* / Carton (200)

Best Seller REGULAR SNACK ENDURA BOX

Item: M274S0010

AUD 65.41* / Carton (200)

Best Seller BURGER ENDURA BOX

Item: M458S0010

AUD 58.20* / Carton (250)

FAMILY DINNER ENDURA BOX

Item: M304S0010

AUD 72.22* / Carton (100)

#1 ENDURA TRAY

Item: M393S0010

AUD 65.22* / Carton (500)

#2 ENDURA TRAY

Item: M384S0010

AUD 53.82* / Carton (240)

#3 ENDURA TRAY

Item: M279S0010

AUD 75.42* / Carton (400)

#5 ENDURA TRAY

Item: M467S0010

AUD 36.20* / Carton (100)

South Australia's Legislation Explained

South Australia is a national leader in sustainability and was the first state to enforce a ban against single-use plastic lightweight checkout style bags in 2009. SA was also the first state to roll out statewide bans against additional single-use plastic products, with legislation coming into effect from 1 March 2021.

Sustainability is important to South Australians with 98% of SA consumers recognising the environmental problems with single-use plastics, and 96% of consumers supporting government intervention.

In response to consumer sentiment and Towards 2025 national packaging targets, on September 9, 2020, South Australian Parliament passed the Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Act 2020. The legislation is an Australian first, and positively contributes to reducing plastic waste in South Australia, with an overarching vision of a circular economy.

Key dates

1 March 2021 

Legislation has now prohibited the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic cutlery, beverage stirrers and drinking straws. This includes plastic cutlery made from fossil fuel origins and plant extract (PLA or CPLA).  

1 March 2022

South Australia's stage two bans will apply to:

  • All plastic products labelled ‘oxo-degradable’
  • Expanded polystyrene (EPS) food and beverage service items - including EPS coffee cups, soup cups, clamshells, bowls and plates
Hand holding single-use plastic straws at the beach.
RecycleMe cup with paper endura straw.

Exemptions

Individuals with a disability or medical need for using a straw will be exempted from the ban and more information will be released by the government about accessibility in this situation.

In this situation, an exemption allows for the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic straws.

Enforcement & Penalties

The Environment Protection Authority will enforce the legislation in South Australia.

To find out what penalties apply in South Australia, the full Bill 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 legislative compliant packaging, here.

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