Onkaparinga business owners and residents are adopting alternatives to single-use plastic straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers since a ban on the sale, supply and distribution of the items came into effect on 1 March this year.
Landmark legislation stopping the sale of single-use plastic products was passed by South Australian Parliament in September 2020. More plastic products will be added to the prohibited list from March 2022 including polystyrene cups, bowls, plates and clamshell containers. However, an exemption applies for the supply of plastic straws to people with a disability or medical need. Plastic straws attached to products such as juice or milk boxes are also allowed.
Council’s Waste and Recycling Education Officer Lynda Wedding says any measure that reduces litter in the community is a good thing.