The ACT Government has yesterday announced it is proceeding with a ban on more single-use plastic items by the end of the month.
From 1 July this year, the following items will be banned in the ACT:
- plastic microbeads in rinse-off personal care, cosmetic and cleaning products,
- loose fill packaging and trays made from expanded polystyrene (EPS), and
- single-use plastic plates and unlidded bowls.
From 1 January next year, heavyweight and boutique plastic shopping bags will be banned.
Additional items such as takeaway food containers were proposed last year however these have not been included in the regulations.
The National Retail Association provided feedback on behalf of industry, who, while highly supportive of environmental progress, may experience challenges and make rushed decisions to comply within such a short period.
“Retailers want to transition to more sustainable options, but they need clear and timely information on what is being banned and what alternatives are recommended, as this advice continues to vary in each jurisdiction.”
“We appreciate that the ACT Government has considered feedback from industry and adjusted some of the scope and timeframes to allow for the development of safe, viable alternatives.”
“We look forward to receiving the regulations to be able to provide ACT businesses with the necessary detail and certainty to prepare for and manage their transition.”
The National Retail Association also expressed the need for engagement of small businesses and suppliers, and continuance of ACT’s education-first approach to enforcement given the short notice period.
Retailers seeking information on single-use plastic bans can contact our National Plastics Hotline 1800 844 946 or via email@example.com.
For more information on the ban, head to the link here.
UPDATE 8 June:
Regulations have since been published. See below for links or view a summary under the ACT tab here.
2023 legislation (external links):