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.
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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
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.