South Australia to become first Australian state to ban single-use plastics

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South Australia is set to become the first Australian state to impose a ban on single-use plastics. Presently, the South Australian government is drafting applicable laws, with the intention of introducing them to parliament in 2020.

The proposed ban will occur in numerous phases. Currently, the government is testing out plastic-free districts. When the legislation is implemented, plastic straws, cutlery, and stirrers will be eliminated gradually while polystyrene containers and cups will follow suit 12 months later.

South Australia was the first state in the country to implement a container refund scheme in 1977, where 10 cents were refunded for eligible items. It was also the first state to phase out lightweight plastic bags in 2009.