Single Use Plastics
Banned

Single Use Plastics
Banned

The Marshall Liberal Government has led Australia and much of the world with its ban on single-use plastics.

What we've done

The Marshall Liberal Government is leading the nation in reducing plastic waste, becoming the first state to ban single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers.

We consulted widely with the community and businesses, making the transition in a staged way so that they had time to prepare and adjust before the first stage of the ban took effect on 1 March 2021.

In the first six months of the ban, it is estimated that more than 120 million plastic straws have been removed from distribution. Amazingly, if you were to put these straws end-to-end, they would comfortably cover the distance from Adelaide to London!

And our plastic ban isn’t just good for the environment. By being a first mover nationally we’ve already seen businesses who manufacture reusable and compostable alternatives start to set up in South Australia which is great news for the economy and local jobs.

The ban will include polystyrene cups, bowls, plates, clam-shell containers and oxo-degradable plastic products from March 2022.

What it means for you

  • The environment is being protected for future generations
  • Litter is reduced, creating cleaner communities and keeping wildlife safe
  • New environmentally friendly businesses are setting up in South Australia, creating local jobs

Policy snapshot

  • SA is the first state to ban single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers.
  • Our ban removed approximately 120 million straws from distribution in the first six months alone.
  • Environmentally friendly businesses are setting up in South Australia, creating local products and jobs.
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The Marshall Liberal Government has led Australia and much of the world with its ban on single-use plastics.

The Marshall Liberal Government has led Australia and much of the world with its ban on single-use plastics.