Consultation outcome

Thank you for your interest in the future of single-use plastics in South Australia.

Consultation on Green Industries SA’s (GISA) Proposed 2023 Single-use and Other Plastic Products amendment regulations was open from 1 to 28 February 2023.

Following the consultation period, a review of all submissions received was undertaken.

Based on the feedback received, some minor changes were made to the final regulations.

These changes include:

  • a revised definition of plastic-stemmed cotton buds, to reflect that it does not include a product that has a tip or tips designed to be detached from the stem and replaced
  • clarification around the retail supply of cottons buds as part of a first aid kit, or another kit used for medical, scientific, law enforcement or forensic testing such as a COVID-19 RAT kit
  • clarification around why EPS plates and bowls have not been exempted
  • reinstatement of the exemption for single-use plastic spoons for medical, dental and healthcare facilities for clinical use only.

The feedback provided throughout the consultation has been collated into a summary report which provides additional information and the government’s response to the various issues raised.

These regulations have now been finalised and will come into operation on 1 September 2023.

For further information about the upcoming bans and the associated exemptions, visit the Replace the Waste website.

Once again, GISA thanks the individuals and organisations for their feedback and suggestions.

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