From 1 July, the ACT will have measures in place to ban the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic cutlery and single-use plastic stirrers. It comes after the Plastics Reduction Act 2021 was passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly last month in a move that will see ACT become the first jurisdiction in Australia to ban expanded polystyrene containers.
As part of the rollout, the ACT government is supporting local businesses across 19 of Canberra’s main food and retail hubs. As part of this, the government has confirmed it has partnered with the National Retail Association to deliver tailored education for businesses on what the bans will mean for them.
Further, a range of online resources for businesses has been made available on the City Services website, with further tools to be added in the coming weeks.
“We’ve heard great feedback from the Canberra business community about their support for the first tranche of single-use plastics bans. Like many other Canberrans, local businesses want to do their bit to help reduce waste and make our community more sustainable,” Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said.
“We’ve been undertaking face-to-face engagement across Canberra’s main food and retail precincts to educate businesses and answer questions from the community. Many businesses have already started making the switch to sustainable and alternative materials, which has been fantastic to see.”
Minister Steel encouraged those who haven’t already started to make the switch to get involved prior to the ban going live.
“It’s important every business takes practical action ahead of 1 July to use up any stocks of single-use plastic items that are subject to the bans, and find sustainable alternatives,” Minister Steel said.
“Canberra’s shoppers and diners can also help support this switch by embracing these alternative products when they are offered.”