South Australian government set to ban single-use plastics
The way South Australians shop is set to drastically change with the state government's plastic ban a step closer to reality.
In a draft Bill to be tabled in Parliament, the proposed ban would include single use plastic items like straws, cutlery, beverage stirrers, polystyrene cups and polystyrene bowls.
It's a nation-first tactic already working for Norwood café, Brick and Mortar, who are the first South Australian business to be accredited as 'plastic-free'.
They use coffee cups and lids made from the skin of coffee beans.
"To get to the bean you have to take the husk off and that's been a massive component of waste that goes to landfill," café manager Elizabeth Donaldson said.
"This way it's taken out of landfill and gets made into reusable coffee cups, goes back into the coffee chain but in a really sustainable way."
The move has been a boost to business.
"Designed for a lifetime not for landfill, it's local and I feel that our customer base is very invested," Ms Donaldson said.
Minister for Environment David Speirs announced today plastics could be banned as early as February next year.
"We will be preventing the ban of straws, plastic cutlery at retail level but also restricting their use at community events," Mr Speirs said.
The public consultation period on the proposed laws are now open through the Green Industries SA website.
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