The New South Wales Government released its Cleaning Up Our Act- Redirecting the Future of Plastics in NSW Discussion Paper. It sought our views on how plastic waste and litter could be reduced, with four outcomes:
- The phase-out of single use plastics
- Tripling the proportion of plastics recycled in NSW by 2030
- Reducing plastic litter by 25% by 2025
- Making NSW a leader in plastic research and innovation
A welcome, long awaited promise is to phase-out lightweight plastic shopping bags (less than 35 microns thick, including those made from degradable and 'compostable' plastic).
We want to thank everyone who put in a submission or completed one or both of the surveys. The more support the NSW government receives for a single use plastics phase-out, the more likely it is to happen. Remember you can always contact to your local State MP or NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean about this and other environmental issues: https://www.nsw.gov.au/nsw-government/ministers/minister-for-energy-and-environment
The Current Update from the NSW government (as at 12/5/2020):
Feedback on the discussion paper is now being reviewed
A report on the consultation outcomes will be released to the public in late 2020.
The NSW Plastics Plan will be finalised and released to the public in late 2020.
I support urgent action to eliminate problematic and unnecessary single use plastics in NSW, including:
- A ban of lightweight plastic bags (including degradable and ‘compostable’ bags) in 2020 (exemptions can be given for certified compostable bags for Food Organics collection Services)
- A ban on single-use plastic takeaway items such as straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates/bowls, coffee cups/lids, containers and heavyweight plastic bags in 2021
- An immediate ban on polystyrene cups, bowls and containers
- An investigation into and future policies designed to reduce other single use plastics in the home, in retail, business and industry, agriculture and used in the marine environment
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