In December 2019, ACT Minister for Recycling and Waste Reduction Chris Steel announced that the ACT Government will introduce legislation in 2020 to reduce plastic consumption in the ACT via a ban on the sale and distribution of problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic products.
Development of the Plastic Reduction Bill 2020 will support an immediate phase out of three key single-use plastic items:
- Single-use plastic cutlery;
- Single-use plastic stirrers; and
- Single-use expanded polystyrene takeaway food and beverage containers.