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ACT ban on single-use plastics begins this week with cutlery, polystyrene containers first to go

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— Harry Frost, ABC News

THE FIRST PHASE of the ACT’s single-use plastic ban comes into effect this week, meaning plastic cutlery and some takeaway containers can no longer be supplied or sold in the ACT.

From Thursday July 1, single-use plastic cutlery, single-use plastic stirrers, as well as expanded polystyrene takeaway food and beverage containers can not be distributed.

A second tranche of items is expected to be prohibited from July next year, which may include single-use plastic straws (with exemptions for those who need them, such as people with a disability), single-use plastic fruit and vegetable barrier bags and all plastic products made from degradable plastic which have additives enabling the plastic to break down into tiny fragments.

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