The end is near for single use plastics, including bags, straws, cotton buds, plates, bowls and cutlery, after the Plastics and Circular Economy Act 2021 passed NSW Parliament this week.
Plastic packaging and single-use plastics make up 60 per cent of litter across the state.
Phasing out single-use plastics from June next year will result in less litter on our streets, parks and waterways.
This plan helped reduce the harmful impact of these products on the environment while also encouraging the development of new and innovative products.
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.
Businesses will be supported to transition to alternative products before the phase outs come into effect.
Exemptions will also apply for members of the community who rely on particular single-use plastics for disability or health needs.
It is encouraging to see many businesses and households have already voluntarily taken action to reduce their single-use plastics, particularly those who take their own reuseable bags to the shops.
The first design standard has been set for microbeads in cosmetic and personal care items and will ensure microbeads are phased out from November 1, 2022.
For more information on the Plastic Reduction and Circular Economy Act 2021 visit http://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics
Support service for people impacted by suicide
Anyone impacted by suicide will now have access to a new support service to help them navigate the day-to-day challenges brought about by the tragic death of a member of their community.
Post-suicide is critical to support loved ones as well as the wider community.
For friends and family, the death of a loved one by suicide is not only heartbreaking and shocking, it can also create new challenges as well as making day-to-day tasks incredibly difficult.
To find out more or to access these services, please call 1300 727 247 at any time, or visit standbysupport.com.au.