Goodbye single use plastics



The Plastics and Circular Economy Act 2021 was passed in parliament in mid- November 2021, meaning the end is near for single use plastics.

Treasurer and Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Kean, said plastic packaging and single use plastics make up for 60 per cent of litter across the state. 

“Only 10 per cent of plastics in New South Wales are recycled, with the rest ending up in landfill, or worse, littering our streets, dumped in our parks and washing up in our waterways,” Mr Kean said.

“The NSW Government is spending $356 million over the next five years to deliver the NSW Plastics Action Plan and the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041.”

The legislation will prohibit plastic bags from 1 June 2022 and the supply of other items from 1 November 2022. This includes single use plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers, cotton buds and plates and bowls. 

For more information on the Plastic Reduction and Circular Economy Act 2021, visit the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment’s website.

Jess Clarke, Journalist, North Shore Living Magazine

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