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What single-use plastics bans are in place in Australia?

State and Territory bans on the sale and supply of single-use plastics are slowly gathering pace across Australia. South Australia’s ban on the sale or supply of covering single-use plastic drinking straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers began on a1 March 2021. Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are set to follow suit later in the year. Victoria is the latest to announce future single-use plastic bans. In addition, the Australian Government recently released its National Plastics Plan and plans to phase out “problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic”. Industry is also responding with voluntary removal of single-use plastic items.

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How will waste determinations work?

Waste determinations are a new way to allow the unrestricted reuse of low-risk waste. Waste that complies with a determination can be reused without the need to obtain an EPA permission or paperwork. They will be introduced with the start of the new Victorian Environment Protection Act on 1 July 2021 (new EPA Act).

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