In the wake of South Australia’s ban on single-use plastics, which comes into effect today, the Victorian government has announced a similar plan to phase out certain plastic products – and prohibit them by February 2023.
To limit the substantial amount of plastic waste going to landfill each year, the following single-use items will be banned: plastic straws, cutlery, plates, drink stirrers, polystyrene food and drink containers, and plastic cotton bud sticks.
“Single-use plastic items – like straws and plastic cups – make up about one-third of Victoria’s litter,” Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said in a statement. “We need to change this, so we’re getting rid of them.”
All cafes, restaurants and organisations in Victoria will be restricted from selling or supplying the products from February 2023.