SA seeks input on single-use plastic products ban

New discussion paper seeks community and business views on whether a further range of single-use plastic products should be banned.

A range of different single-use plastic items such as cups, plates and bowls could be next on the list of banned items under the government’s single-use plastic ban, with the release of a new discussion paper.

The Turning the Tide 2021 discussion paper seeks community and business views on whether a further range of single-use plastic products should be banned.

On 1 March 2021 South Australia became the first state in Australia to ban plastic drinking straws, stirrers and cutlery from sale, supply or distribution.

Under the next milestone of South Australia’s single-use plastic ban on 1 March 2022, expanded polystyrene cups, bowls, plates and clam-shell containers, and oxo-degradable plastic products will be banned.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs, said the new discussion paper looks at what other single-use plastic items could be phased out in the future.

“We have always said we are ambitious for our legislation and as of March 2022 the next round of items such as polystyrene ‘clamshell’ containers and oxo-degradable products will also be banned.

“The South Australian public, businesses and industry have embraced these changes, quickly adapting and adjusting to alternatives but we want to bring them along on the journey.

“We now invite South Australians to be part of the process to decide which single-use plastics we tackle next. The discussion paper outlines plastics items the public could consider, such as coffee cups, plastic bowls and plates but we want to hear from the community. Importantly we won’t be banning any items unless there are readily available alternatives.

“Our plastic ban isn’t just good for the environment – by being a first mover nationally we’ve already seen businesses who manufacture re-useable and compostable alternatives start to set up in South Australia, which means we are seeing significant economic benefits and the creation of local jobs.”

The legislation has been developed with the help of the government’s Single-Use Plastics Taskforce which has representation from 15 different organisations, including people living with a disability.

Consultation runs until 19 February 2021. The discussion paper and a short survey can be accessed via For more information visit

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