The Western Australian Government released its Plan for Plastics yesterday. The plan sets out the government's plastics reduction plans for the 2020-26 period. More immediate plans include the phase-out of identified single use plastics and other SUPs in the medium term (see below). A key identified initiative is a Plastic Free Places program to be introduced in 2021.
We will be talking with the State Government to confirm their intentions as soon as we can.
Key excerpts from Plan for Plastics;
" The Plan for Plastics will be delivered over the short (2020 to 2023) and medium-term (2024-2026) and will be complemented by voluntary approaches.
Short-term actions to be implemented from 2020 to 2023 include the phasing-out of plastic:
- thick plastic bags
- polystyrene food containers
- helium balloon releases"
"Medium-term actions to be introduced from 2024 to 26 include the phasing-out of plastic:
- barrier/produce bags
- polystyrene packaging
- cotton buds with plastic shafts; and
- oxo-degradable plastics (plastics designed to break up more rapidly into fragments under certain conditions)
The plan also includes actions on prepacked fruit and vegetables, takeaway food containers and plastic packaging."