Single-use takeaway containers to be banned in ACT

by Liv Croagh
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In another bid to combat the war on plastic, the nation’s capital is banning single use takeaway containers.

Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel, spoke about the ACT’s progressive approach. The idea has been pitched to the community and local businesses to garner support before going to the next stage of the process. 

Some businesses have already made the sustainable switch. This includes banning anything that is a single-use takeaway container, plastic plates, bowl and microbeads. Everything is now delivered and stored in heavyweight containers and plastic bags (greater than 35 microns thick).

The supply of single-use plastic cutlery, drink stirrers, expanded polystyrene food food and beverage containers, plastic straws, cotton buds with plastic sticks and all oxo-degradable plastics have already been banned.

It’s the step in the right direction to provide Canberrans with a clear path forward to remove problematic waste. The ACT Government is also looking to release a draft Circular Economy Strategy.

The proposed phase-out of a third tranche of single-use plastic items is set for 1 July, 2023.

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