South Australia ban single use plastic including plastic straws

Single-use plastics including straws, cutlery and stirrers will be banned in South Australia under legislation proposed by the state government. More products, such as polystyrene cups and takeaway containers to will be considered in the future.

More plastic than fish by 2050, document warns

A policy document entitled Turning the Tide on Single-use Plastic Products sets out the approach and outlines the scale of the environmental problem.

"The majority of plastics are produced from fossil fuels, representing around 6 per cent of global oil consumption. This is equivalent to the global aviation sector," it says.

"At least 8 million tonnes of plastics end up in the ocean each year.”

"This is equivalent to dumping the contents of a garbage truck each minute and if current trends continue, by 2050 there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish."

Green Industries SA estimates South Australians use 255 million straws per year and up to 210 million disposable coffee cups annually.

Plastic straw alternatives include bamboo, glass, metal, paper & wheat.

Well done South Australia!