Single use plastics banned from February

Published on 24 January 2023

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From Wednesday, 1 February, the state government is banning the sale and supply of single-use plastics. These include drinking straws, food and drink service items and cotton bud sticks. The ban applies to businesses and organisations including not-for-profits, government, sports clubs, schools and other incorporated bodies.

Mayor Cr Rob Amos said this was a positive move to reduce the amount of problematic litter.

“Banning single-use plastics means that there will be less harmful material polluting the magnificent natural environment of the shire,” Cr Amos said.

“These types of plastics are either difficult and costly to recycle or cannot be recycled at all, and often end up contaminating other recycling.

“Nowadays, many consumers are environmentally-conscious and prefer reusable options or single-use items made from alternative materials.

“In an area like Campaspe, protecting wildlife and waterways is vital. Flora and fauna play a major role in many of our tourist attractions which are important to the local economy.”

The state government has engaged the National Retail Association (NRA) to assist businesses and organisations understand and prepare for the upcoming ban. The NRA will visit 3,000 businesses across Victoria, develop resources, hold information sessions, and provide a toll-free hotline and mailbox.

“The National Retail Association is also holding free weekly online Q&A sessions until the 24 February for businesses impacted by the ban,” Cr Amos added.

“So, I encourage all those affected by the upcoming ban to attend if they have any questions about their obligations.”

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