The ban on single-use plastics in South Australia will come into force on 1 March 2021.
The Single-use and Other Plastics (Waste Avoidance) Act 2020 is the first of its kind in Australia and is a response to the community's overwhelming call for action on single-use and other plastic products. Exemptions will apply to allow businesses to supply pre-packaged and attached items such as straws attached to beverage cartons and for the supply of single-use plastic straws to people with a disability or medical needs.
The South Australian Department for the Environment and Water launched a Replace the Waste campaign in late December to help businesses and the community prepare for the changes to sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery. Further information is available at replacethewaste.sa.gov.au or via the Replace the Waste hotline on 1800 844 946. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Specific resources for food and hospitality businesses are available here.
Food South Australia is developing a project focusing on Packaging for Product Life and Transport in association with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). This project is targeting support for food and beverage busineses who have been impacted by the disruption to traditional freight channels caused by COVID-19 and who are now seeking to explore processing technologies which can extend shelf life to enable the use of alternative logistics solutions.
We also recently conducted a collaborative industry-led project to support food and beverage businesses focused on reducing packaging waste and implementing strategies to meet the national packaging targets for sustainable packaging that will apply from 2025. Find out more about this project here.