In releasing a Disussion Paper entitled, Turning the Tide on Single Use Plastic Products, the Minister for Environment and Water, David Spiers MP said recently:

“I am committed to keeping South Australia at the forefront of recycling and resource recovery while also increasing economic activity and creating jobs. Much of what we refer to as wastes are in fact resources that we should strive to keep circulating within the economy. South Australia is well placed to build on the success of existing legislation for beverage containers and singleuse plastic bags. A similar approach could be used for a wide range of other single-use plastic products, which, like plastic bags, are largely intended for disposal after a single-use, and for many of these products there remains no feasible recycling pathway.

The Marshall Government is seeking your ideas and eedback on how we as a state can better protectour natural resources and environment from impacts associated with single-use or throwaway plastic products.

Additionally, ten years on from the last change to the popular Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), it is time to consider opportunities to further improve the scheme, including in terms of its contribution to recycling. We are seeking your feedback on the issues and opportunities to be considered in a review of the CDS.

Continuing to find innovative solutions that reduce waste, improve our environment and benefit our community is critical to ensuring South Australia continues to lead the nation in waste management.

I welcome your feedback on these important issues.”

Comments on the paper can be provided in writing or online, including by undertaking a short survey, at:

Download a copy of the discussion paper by clicking here.

AuthorRay Dennis