Bulky waste and plastics ban set to deliver a cleaner Canberra, as dogs go digital from 1 July

Important reforms to reduce single-use plastics and improve responsible dog ownership will begin in the ACT from this Thursday 1 July 2021.

At the same time, all Canberrans will become eligible for free bulky waste collection services as this popular service rolls out to all Canberra suburbs.

Single use plastics ban

This week the ACT takes a big step forward in cutting harmful waste when a ban on the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic cutlery, single-use plastic stirrers and expanded polystyrene containers takes effect under the Plastics Reduction Act 2021.

“We know from over 700 face-to-face business visits conducted in the past few months that there is strong support from the business community and Canberrans to reduce our plastic use,” Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said.

“It’s now important that every Canberran does what they can to reduce their use or support the switch by embracing alternatives to plastic.”

“The ACT will also be the first jurisdiction able to declare public events as single-use plastic-free.

“This means single-use plastics can be banned at both government and non-government events, including a wider range of plastic items than those prohibited from July 1.

“These events will include major festivals like Floriade, music festivals and sporting matches.”

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