Project status: Closed

Thank you for having YourSay

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the consultation. The Listening Report summarising what we heard can be viewed here. The ACT Government considered all feedback in developing the regulation to come into effect from 1 July 2023.

We are looking at

Single-use plastic items are designed to be used once then discarded. Plastic does not break down for hundreds of years and ends up in landfill or as litter where it can harm wildlife and the environment.

State and federal governments across Australia are banning single-use plastic items. A number of single-use items have already been declared as prohibited plastic products in the ACT under the Plastic Reduction Act 2021.

As highlighted by the ACT Government in the ‘Phasing out single use plastics’ Next Steps Policy document, the ACT Government is considering additional bans to commence 1 July 2023 for the following items:

From 1 July 2023, the ACT Government is proposing to make regulations under the Plastic Reduction Act 2021 that would ban the following additional single-use plastic items:

  • plastic microbeads in rinse-off personal care, cosmetic and cleaning products
  • expanded polystyrene products and packaging (with potential exemptions for white and brown goods)
  • single-use plastic takeaway containers
  • single-use plastic bowls and plates
  • heavyweight and boutique plastic bags
Before making a regulation under the Plastic Reduction Act 2021, the Minister for Transport and City Services is required to give public notice of the proposed regulation and invite public submissions about it. The ACT Government must consider any written submissions received and also ensure there are suitable alternative products available to replace the banned plastic products.

The public notice was published on 15 September 2022, and can be found here.

How you had YourSay

Submissions have now closed. The following questions were used as a starting place:

  • What impact will banning these items have?
  • Are alternative products appropriate and readily available?
  • Are there alternative products that can perform similarly to the banned products?
  • Are there any exemptions that should be considered?

The ACT Government thanks Canberra businesses and community groups for making this important transition away from single-use plastics and towards more sustainable alternatives.

We will use your views to

Your input will inform the next phase of the single-use plastics ban.

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