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Takeaway coffee cups could be next as EPA looks to regulate more single-use plastics

Takeaway food and beverage packaging makes up about 32 per cent of the state's litter stream, according to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA issued a discussion paper in October on the next steps towards reducing the state's plastic waste. Plastic bottle lids are also in the government's sights, which make up five per cent of the litter stream. Cigarette butts are also being looked at because of their plastic filters. The government is not proposing a ban on plastic drink bottles but has suggested that design standards require them to have tethered lids, in line with a new requirement in Europe. Many shops and takeaway outlets are using thicker plastic bags that are reusable, but are often thrown away. The EPA proposes phasing out plastic bags with a thickness greater than 35 microns, with exceptions for some heavyweight plastic bags that can be reused. The Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory have either introduced bans or are planning to implement them this year. Single-serve plastic condiment packages such as soy sauce, the release of helium balloons, bread tags, fresh produce bags are also listed as items to be phased out. The proposals do not suggest a time frame. Other jurisdictions have already moved to ban some of the items targeted in the discussion paper. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-22/takeaway-coffee-cups-single-use-plastic-crackdown-nsw/103374386

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  • We Don't Have Time

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    • George Kariuki

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      It's encouraging to see various regions in Australia taking steps to address the issue of single-use plastics, and such initiatives contribute to a growing global movement towards reducing plastic waste and fostering a more environmentally conscious society.

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      • walter lungayi

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        Another step in the right direction for reducing single-use plastics and tackling litter pollution.

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        • Gorffly mokua

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          By regulating single-use plastics, we can reduce their consumption, promote reusable alternatives, & protect our environment for future generations.

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          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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            The EPA's consideration of regulating takeaway coffee cups and other single-use plastics in New South Wales is a proactive step toward addressing the significant portion of plastic waste generated by food and beverage packaging. While proposing measures like tethered lids on plastic drink bottles and phasing out certain plastic bags, the initiative aligns with global efforts to reduce plastic pollution. The focus on items like plastic bottle lids and cigarette butts highlights a comprehensive approach to mitigating environmental impact.

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            • Elizabeth Gathigia

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              Its a great proposal and should be implemented soonest possible in order to reduce the menace of plastic pollution

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              • Grace Njeri

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                @elizbeth_gathigia The menaces of plastic pollution need to come to a stop.

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                • Gorffly mokua

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                  @grace_njeri_804 That is the goal!

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                  • Gorffly mokua

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                    @elizbeth_gathigia It will only be great if well implemented.

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                  • Grace Njeri

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                    The single used plastics should be discouraged.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

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                      @grace_njeri_804 Not only discouraged but banned completely!

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                    • Marine Stephan

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                      This is a good proposal but to hope that this will effectively be implemented as fast as possible, we need to have a timeline included in this proposal!

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                      • Gorffly mokua

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                        @marine_stephan I completely agree that having a timeline included in the proposal is essential for ensuring effective implementation.

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                      • Princess

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                        This step can contribute to reducing plastic waste and promoting a healthier environment.

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                        • Gorffly mokua

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                          @princess_nel_268 Of course! But its impact would have been better if they decide to ban single use of plastics.

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                        • Joseph Githinji

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                          This are great regulations that should be put in place to deal with humans behaviour to destroy the environment.

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                          • Gorffly mokua

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                            @joseph_githinji Yes! Though we need more tough ones!

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                          • Munene Mugambi

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                            It's about time someone did something on the mess that franchises have been making in our environment. They need to be reigned in

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                            • Tabitha Kimani

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                              Authorities must step in to curb the mess that humans continue to do to the environment without care.

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                              • Munene Mugambi

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                                @tabitha_kimani Absolutely. Regulations to curb this behaviour have to be put in place

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                                • Gorffly mokua

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                                  @tabitha_kimani I completely agree that authorities play an important role in curbing the damage that humans are doing to the environment.

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                                • Kevin

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                                  These are a menace as well and should be reigned on.

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                                  • Jane Wangui

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                                    @Kevin True. Plastics make our environment look so ugly and very unkempt.

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