New plastic bans have been gazetted

The new waste management regulations were gazetted into law yesterday. These are the plastic bans which were announced at the beginning of the year. From 1st December this year the following items are banned:

Plastic flowers

single use plastic cups

single use plastic folks

single use plastic knives

single use plastic plates

single use plastic spoons

single use plastic stirrers

Plastic egg cartons

Plastic mesh

The definitions of single use bag has been changed to include all types of plastic and all thicknesses and sizes. So all kinds of single use shopping bags are covered by the ban including the so-called “biodegradable” or “compostable” ones.

The definition of a “disposable container” made of polystyrene has been changed to include open containers not just closed or lidded one.

Click here to see a copy of the official gazette

We should be saying “Ta Ta Plastik” to those red meshes in the markets and supermarkets very soon