Gold Coast businesses are being put on notice, that Queensland’s single-use plastic ban comes into effect in two weeks time.
From September, restaurants, cafes and other shops won’t be allowed to distribute plastic straws, cups, cutlery and the like.
It’s part of a major push for ‘Keep Australia Beautiful Week’ to try and reduce the amount of rubbish ending up on our beaches and throughout the environment.
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75 per cent of rubbish collected on Gold Coast beaches is single-use plastic.
“We just want to make sure that everyone in the community, community groups and businesses are aware of this ban,” Member for Gaven and Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon told myGC.
“We’ve been talking about it for some time now but it is going to come into effect in just over 2 weeks. So we want to make sure everyone’s prepared.”
The government had intended to bring in the single-use ban a little earlier but delayed the change due to pressures from Covid on hospitality businesses.
Minister Scanlon says that regulation will still be predominately educational for a while.
we will of course be taking an educational approach to start with and we’re really do ask that people comply with these rules
“We’ve been trying to get the message out there for some months now to make sure that people are ready, and frankly so many businesses are already doing it because they know how important this is for our environment and they know that consumers are demanding it,” Ms Scanlon said.
Together with the National Retain Association, officials have been working with businesses to ensure that single-use plastics become a thing of the past, like lightweight plastic bags.
“Ultimately, we’d like to see all of the single-use plastics eradicated.
“That’s what we’ve been able to see with the use of the light weight plastic bags, as a result of that ban.
“And when I’ve been doing clean up Australia day I’ve noticed a big reduction in the number of single-use containers and cans, bottles as a result from the ‘Containers for Change’ program.
“We hope that every time we bring in one of these bans we do see the environmental benefit because that’s ultimately what that’s about,” Ms Scanlon said.