video-banner
none

THE LAST STRAW FOR SINGLE-USE PLASTICS?

08-07-2019
by 
in 

South Australia is set to lead the fight against polluting plastics by introducing a ban on certain single-use items including plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers.

The SA Government’s policy document – “Turning the tide on single-use plastic products” – outlines the scale of the environmental problem and sets out its approach to solving it. Draft legislation will be released for further consultation later this year, with a view to enactment of a ban in 2020.

Industry response to the news of the impending ban has been positive, with Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia CEO Gayle Sloan saying: “SA is once again ahead of the pack and the hope is that other jurisdictions will follow suit and take similar action against single-use plastics.

“Regulating the use of single-use plastics will go a long way in avoiding the creation of unnecessary waste, reducing pollution and increasing reuse of materials. It is also hoped that such an initiative will assist in improving the quality of recyclable materials recovered in the state by eliminating contaminants often found in the yellow bin.

“Eliminating single-use items that have readily available re-useable alternatives is a great step in reducing waste generation and challenging the convenience paradigm that we have towards consumption. We really need to rethink what products we buy - do we even need them and how do we reuse or recycle them?

“WMRR looks forward to continued engagement with the SA Government as it develops legislation for the ban. Changing single-use plastics behaviours is challenging and WMRR encourages the Government to also think about effective education and communication to complement the roll-out of the ban, including how to encourage avoidance in the first instance, as well as incentives and rewards to assist businesses as they transition in 2020 when the ban in enacted,” Sloan concluded.

Related news & editorials

  1. 18.11.2019
    18.11.2019
    by      In
    Schaeffler has outlined the future of digital technologies for the cranes and lifting industry at the recent Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) Conference in the NSW Hunter Valley.
    Schaeffler’s CICA stand featured an interactive touchscreen display, where crane industry professionals could... Read More
  2. 18.11.2019
    18.11.2019
    by      In
    We are keen to understand more about our readers so that we can continue to produce market-leading products such as Industry Update magazine, website and videos and all other associated products that are relevant to the needs of the Australian manufacturing industry in the 21st century.
    By taking... Read More
  3. 15.11.2019
    15.11.2019
    by      In
    ChemSec, the International Chemicals Secretariat, has expanded its SIN List of toxic chemicals that it recommends should be removed from the global supply chain. New additions to the list include perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) and carbon nanotubes.
    While the SIN List is not regulated by... Read More
  4. 13.11.2019
    13.11.2019
    by      In
    Readership is continuing to grow for print products in Australia, with IbisWorld valuing the print-media industry at $3 billion in 2018.
    But if you think that $3 billion in print revenue in 2018 is impressive, in the USA all print products - newspapers, magazines and periodicals - were valued at... Read More