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 is was the first state to roll out statewide bans against additional single-use plastic products, with legislation coming into effect in March of 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.