These two Australian states have just announced a comprehensive ban on single-use plastics
Australia remains one of the largest producers of single-use plastic waste, which is wreaking havoc on nature.
They say goodbye to takeaway coffee mugs and disposable plastic plates, cutlery and straws.
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New South Wales and Western Australia this week announced major revised plans to phase out single-use plastics, with each state revealing new timelines for banning plastic cutlery, straws, stir sticks, microbeads, food packaging and cotton swabs.
New South Wales unveiled a six-step, $ 365 million recycling and waste reduction plan that aims to eliminate the majority of single-use plastic within the next year while providing a robust circular economy model for recycling and recovering 80% of the Establish resources from waste streams by 2030.
The plan is designed to prevent 2.7 billion plastic items from entering the environment over the next 20 years.
Meanwhile, Western Australia will be phasing out plastic items such as bowls, cups, plates, cutlery, stirrers, straws, styrofoam containers and thick plastic bags by 2021. Plastic coffee cups and lids, cotton swabs and microbeads will be banned until the end of 2022.
Western Australian Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said further plastic bans had been announced following positive poll results, showing 98% of Western Australians supported stricter restrictions and further measures.
“The plastic bag ban has been adopted by retailers and the community; this is the next step in reducing landfill and ensuring a healthy environment, ”Sanderson said in a news release. “For most of us this is just making small changes in our behavior.”
She vowed that those who rely on various plastic items, such as people with a disability, would be exempt from the bans.
The New South Wales government has made a similar promise.
Another good news is that lightweight plastic bags, single-use plastic straws and cutlery, plastic cotton swabs and microbeads will all be banned in New South Wales starting next year as part of @GladysB’s state government efforts to reduce plastic waste by 30% this week. until 2025. # NSW @ NSW_EPA
– Australian Council of Recycling (@ ACOR11) June 15, 2021
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia warmly welcomed the two new announcements.
“We’re seeing tremendous momentum fighting plastic pollution across the country, with today’s announcements from Western Australia and New South Wales,” said Kate Noble, plastic policy director for WWF Australia, before declaring that state governments only could do so much.
“We know plastic pollution is a global problem and tackling it through a global deal is the next step,” said Noble. “This process has already started and Australia should play a leading role.”
Every year Australians throw away almost a billion coffee cups.
The standard takeaway coffee mugs cannot be recycled due to their plastic inner lining, which means most of them end up in landfills, contributing to the 130,000 tons of plastic that flows through Australia’s oceans, waterways and the environment each year.
Tasmania and the Northern Territory are now the only two Australian states that have yet to come up with a plan to ban single-use plastic.