The first phase of an ambitious plan to phase out harmful single-use plastics is now in effect across the ACT.

From Thursday, the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic cutlery and drink stirrers, as well as expanded polystyrene containers was banned.

The ban on polystyrene containers a first for any state or territory across Australia.

With the ban now in effect, the Government will turn its attention to stage two of the war on single-use plastic.

From next year it will look to phase out the use of plastic straws, plastic bags in supermarkets used for fruit and vegetables as well as products made from degradable plastics.

The war is set to ramp up even further in 2023, with the Government considering a ban on plastic-line coffee cups and lids, single-use plastic dinnerware, boutique and heavyweight plastic bags and cotton ear buds with plastic sticks.

The ACT’s war on plastics comes after each state and territory agreed to gradually phasing out eight of the most harmful single-use plastic items across the country by 2025.

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