Single use plastics ban

Published on 01 February 2021

Single use plastics ban

Plastics play an important role in our economy and daily lives. When used in packaging, plastics help ensure food safety and reduce food waste.

But too often, the way plastics are produced, used and discarded results in a wasted resource, causing pollution, litter and harm to wildlife, including marine life.

South Australians are committed to the environment.

From 1 March 2021, single-use plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers will be prohibited from sale, supply or distribution in South Australia.

These single-use items can be replaced with reusable and compostable alternatives.

Exemptions will apply for single-use plastic straws to ensure they can still be accessed by people with disabilities or medical needs.

If you are a business – prepare by using up stock and ordering alternatives ready for 1 March. Inform your staff and customers of the change.

For residents – consider purchasing reusable alternatives to take with you such as cutlery and a straw.

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Non-compliance with the legislation should to be reported to the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA SA).

Phone: (08) 8204 2004