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Dozens of industry groups back SA government’s plastic-free goals and taskforce

The South Australian government’s plastic-free goals are gaining traction with 10 expressions of interest received to be the state’s first plastic free precinct as well more than 25 diverse applicants to join the Green Industries SA’s stakeholder taskforce.

Applications to be the first single-use plastics precinct were received from all around Adelaide, with the first precincts to be decided in August.

Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs, said after strong public feedback, the government is taking action when it comes to single-use plastics in South Australia.

“The response to join the taskforce confirms what our previous surveys and research told us – we can’t continue on our current path with no plan to address the impact of single-use plastics on our communities and our environment.

“We’ve had 10 applications from across the metropolitan Adelaide representing various retailers, trading groups, ‘mainstreet’ associations and councils eager to take up the challenge of becoming a plastic-free precinct,” Spiers said.

He explained that the stakeholder taskforce will play an important role in the government’s decision making.

“It’s our community and our citizens that will lead the change in behaviour as part of South Australia’s first trials into plastic-free living through our precinct pilot approach.

“Our first step is to work with the precincts who have a clear commitment and willingness to work with government to trial reducing single-use plastics and testing innovative solutions and alternatives,” Spiers said.

The South Australian government will announce both the members of the stakeholder taskforce and South Australia’s first plastic-free precinct pilots in the coming weeks.