NSW Set To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags From Next Week
60% of state’s litter
New South Wales id set to ban lightweight single-use plastic bags from next week in a 20-year blitz.
Environment Minister James Griffin said the ban is the first step in a plan to eradicate single-use plastic items and packaging which make up 60 per cent of the states litter.
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“I think all of us can see the impact plastic pollution is having on our environment,” Mr Griffin said on Monday.
“Single-use plastic is used by many of us for just a few convenient minutes, but it remains in our environment for many years, eventually breaking into microplastics,” he said.
Coming into force from June 1, the ban will be followed by a raft of additional restrictions on other problematic single-use plastics from November, including straws, cutlery, plates and bowls, crockery and cups made from expanded polystyrene, along with plastic cotton buds and rinse-off personal care products with plastic beads.
“I encourage everyone to choose to go plastic-free as often as they can,” Senator Griffin said
NSW is last Australian state to enact a bag and single-use plastic ban.
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