The ACT has declared a number of public events as ‘plastic free’ as the Government embarks on the next stage of the phase out of single use plastics.
The move comes after the banning of plastic cutlery, stirrers and expanded polystyrene containers back in July of this year.
Under the new declaration, the following events will be prohibited from supplying plastics straws, plastic takeaway containers and single-use plastic plates and bowls in addition to the already banned products.
- Royal Canberra Show
- Australia Day in the Capital
- National Folk Festival
- Enlighten Festival
- The Balloon Spectacular
- Symphony in the Park
- Canberra Day
- Reconciliation Day
That comes as consultation continues on the Government’s next stage of single use plastics phase out, with a number of additional items to be banned in the ACT from July 2022.
- Single-use plastic straws (with exemptions for those who need them)
- Single-use plastic fruit and vegetable barrier bags
- Cotton buds with plastic sticks
- All oxo-degradable plastic products – such as degradable plastic bags and degradable dog waste bags
The ACT Government is working with businesses on the phase out but is also keen to hear from the community as part of the consultation, you can share your thoughts here.