Bill to ban single-use plastics finally ready for parliament

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A long-awaited bill to ban some single-use plastics will be introduced to ACT Parliament this week.

If it passes, plastic cutlery, drink-stirrers and polystyrene food containers will be banned from the middle of next year.

Plastic straws and plastic bags for fruit and vegetables would be banned in 2022.

The bill is the first major reform introduced by the ACT government since it was returned to power at the October election.