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Australia To Phase Out Polystyrene Next Year

Polystyrene foam will be phased out in Australia by mid-2022 as part of a national plan to fight amounting plastic waste.

Polystyrene foam will be phased out in Australia by mid-2022 as part of a national plan to fight amounting plastic waste.

Conservation groups have greeted many aspects of the plan, which promises the end to polystyrene food and beverage containers.

However, they remain critical of its largely voluntary approach to reaching ambitious goals — they want them to be mandatory.

The Guardian reports that the National Plastics Plan also included targets to cut plastic pollution from washing machine outflows and cigarette butts.

“WWF-Australia said the plan’s 38 actions were a breakthrough in tackling plastic pollution. The government said it would work with industry to have microfibre filters fitted to all washing machines sold in Australia by 2030. WWF’s plastics campaigner, Katinka Day, said it would put Australia at the forefront of efforts to cut microfibre waste but noted the target was nine years away and called on washing machine companies to move faster.”


The federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, and the assistant minister for waste reduction and environmental management, Trevor Evans still don’t agree whether the voluntary approach would work.

In the meantime, the government said it would work with the industry to have microfiber filters fitted to all washing machines sold in Australia. 



Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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