New single-use plastic bans in South Australia

New items banned as South Australia moves to eliminate single use plastics.

Plastic stemmed cotton buds, plastic pizza savers and single-use plastic plates and bowls are now banned from use in South Australia.

The new regulations are the next phase in South Australia’s push to eliminate the use of environmentally harmful single-use plastics.

Exemptions are in place where plastic-stemmed cotton buds and single-use plastic bowls are required for medical, scientific, forensic or law enforcement purposes only.

With all other states also banning single-use plastic products over the next few years, prices for compostable alternatives are expected to continue to drop.

Environment Minister Susan Close said the bans encourage reusable, recyclable, or compostable alternatives.

“Many South Australian businesses have already moved away from single-use items and are embracing reusable and compostable items.”

Close said the state government will continue to assist South Australian businesses via various programs to assist them transition.

Since commencing in 2021, Plastic Free SA has helped 174 South Australian business remove more than 8 million single-use plastic items and move to smarter more sustainable alternatives.

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