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Plastic cutlery and straws are among the types of single-use plastics to be phased out in Australia from 2025 under a plan to reduce plastic waste.
A national meeting of environment ministers on Thursday confirmed the phase-out would cover eight types of “Problematic and unnecessary” plastic waste: lightweight plastic bags; plastic misleadingly labelled “Degradable”; plastic utensils and stirrers; plastic straws; polystyrene food containers; polystyrene consumer goods packaging; and microbeads in personal care products.
Australia produces 2.5m tonnes of plastic waste each year, about 84% of which is sent to landfill.