The Queensland Government has just introduced legislation to ban plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates/bowls in Queensland. Subject to consultation, it will include expanded polystyrene (foam) cups and clamshell containers.
With South Australia, the first state to ban key single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers – it’s now urgent other states also move on this plastic pollution, the Boomerang Alliance of 52 groups said today.
Read the latest update on single-use plastics in Queensland, including information about the proposed ban status, BYO coffee cups under COVID-19 and proposed national mandated targets for plastic reductions and recovery.
The Queensland Government tabled legislation yesterday, 15 July, to ban plastic takeaway straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates and bowls. The legislation will now go to a Parliamentary Committee for review and should be passed into law in the next few months.
Wildlife Queensland supports a call on the federal government by the Boomerang Alliance and WWF-Australia to mandate that 100 per cent of plastic packaging will be reusable, compostable or recyclable by 2025.
Wildlife Queensland, in partnership with the Boomerang Alliance, achieved some positive outcomes for the environment and wildlife this year as part of our campaign to reduce plastic pollution and litter in Queensland.
Australia’s environment ministers will meet on 8 November to decide the future of recycling in Australia and discuss urgent action on plastic pollution. Wildlife Queensland sent a letter of recommendations to Minister Enoch.