Following the success of the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags, the Government now has plans to phase out more single-use and problem plastics to reduce waste and protect the environment announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage.
The proposals are to phase-out:
- some hard-to-recycle PVC and polystyrene packaging and oxo-degradable plastic products
- seven single-use plastic items, including plastic straws, drink stirrers, produce bags, tableware (e.g. plastic plates, bowls, cutlery) and non-compostable fruit stickers.
These proposals are part of a consultation document ‘Reducing the impact of plastic on our environment’ launched today.
“Plastic has become one of our generation’s greatest environmental challenges,” said Eugenie Sage.
“The level of plastic pollution in the oceans is unacceptable. It is distressing that birds, fish, whales and other marine mammals die from eating plastic which did not need to be made in the first place. Phasing out hard to recycle and single use plastics helps reduce plastic waste and pollution and will improve our recycling system.