26 September 2023

More plastic products to be banned

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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has announced that the next phase of the State’s single-use plastic bans was now open for public consultation.

In a statement, the Department said targeted items included non-compostable takeaway coffee cups, expanded polystyrene cups, produce bags, cotton buds with plastic shafts, expanded polystyrene packaging, microbeads, degradable plastics and lids for takeaway containers, bowls and cups.

“Transition periods could range from six to 18 months to allow businesses to use up supplies and adapt to the changes before the rules are enforced,” the Department said.

It said eight community consultation sessions would be held online from late September to 18 November and a survey is also to gather community and industry feedback.

The first stage of the Plan for Plastics has been enforced since July, banning nine items including plates, cutlery, drinking straws, thick plastic bags and balloon releases, the Department said.

It said more than 10,000 retailers, suppliers and community groups received support for the transition through the National Retail Association.

“The Boomerang Alliance, in partnership with the Government, is helping the hospitality industry adapt over three years through the WA Plastic Free Places program,” the Department said.

Minister for the Environment, Reece Whitby said it was clear Western Australians supported action on single-use plastics and had embraced the first stage of the bans.

“It’s time for us to look ahead to the second stage of WA’s Plan for Plastics and switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives,” Mr Whitby said.

“Having your say will help us understand any community concerns and work through the rollout for a smooth transition,” he said.

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