ABC interview - plastic ban about to start

Professor Veena has been interviewed on ABC Radio NSW about impacts of the NSW ban on single use plastics coming into effect 1 June.

Announcer Simon Lauder asks Veena about the NSW ban and impacts of plastic waste on the environment and innovative solutions including those at UNSW SMaRT Centre to tackle the problem.

NSW is the last Australian jurisdiction to implement a ban against single-use plastic bags, according to legal firm Corrs which has published this analysis on plastic waste bans in Australia.

Listen to the interview on the ABC Radio website (interview takes place at 2:00:34 hour/min/sec)

Image: Simon Lauder

Simon Lauder

Guide for businesses by Australian Circular Economy Hub

NSW Government plastic ban web page (excerpt below)

The Plastics and Circular Economy Act 2021launch was passed in NSW Parliament meaning a phasing out of single-use plastics from June 2022.

Businesses will be supported in their transition to other products before the phase-outs come into effect. Exemptions will apply to people who rely on particular single-use plastics for disability or health needs.

The NSW Government has established a legislative framework to tackle harmful and problematic plastics through the setting of design standards.
The first design standard has been set for microbeads in cosmetic and personal care items, ensuring microbeads are phased out from 1 November 2022.
The legislation will prohibit the supply of lightweight plastic bags from 1 June 2022. The supply of other items will be prohibited from 1 November 2022, including single-use plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers, cotton buds, plates and bowls, and expanded polystyrene food service items.

Treasurer and Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean said the NSW Government is spending $356 million over the next five years to deliver the NSW Plastics Action Planlaunch and the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041launch

“This legislation is expected to stop 2.7 billion single-use items from ending up in our natural environment and waterways over the next 20 years and is a game-changer in the fight against plastic waste across our state,” Mr Kean said. 
Find out more about the plastic reduction legislation launch

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