The draft Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2019 will implement the proposed ban on the sale and supply of single-use plastic products in South Australia. The first products to be banned under the legislation will be plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery. The legislation also establishes the framework to ban other products later on and specifically includes expanded polystyrene cups, bowls and plates.
The draft legislation will have some implications for local government bodies. In particular, although the Environment Protection Authority will be primarily responsible for compliance and enforcement of the legislation, council authorised officers may be able to undertake enforcement action similar to other pieces of environment protection legislation.
Further, the bill explanatory information proposes that exemptions be granted to enable people who live with a disability and require single-use plastic straws to be able to access them efficiently. The explanatory information notes that exemptions could be granted to allow (amongst other things) the sale and supply of plastic straws from particular outlets – eg. medical facilities, pharmacies and council offices (potentially in accordance with councils’ Disability Access and Inclusion Plans).
The draft legislation and bill explanatory information are available here.
The LGA will be making a submission to the consultation process and, in particular, has been asked to advise Green Industries SA (GISA) on whether councils would be willing to offer plastic straws for sale at council offices so that they remain accessible to people who live with a disability. The LGA would appreciate any information councils are able to provide on this possibility.
Please provide any comments you may have, or a copy of your council’s submission, to the LGA via email: email@example.com.
Comments can be provided directly to GISA via an online survey here.
Otherwise, submissions can be provided to:
ATTN: Alana Potts
Green Industries SA
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001