Hobart has become the first capital city in the nation to ban single-use plastics, including takeaway food containers and straws.
City of Hobart councillors voted on Monday night in favour of a by-law to support the ban and impose fines on those that don’t comply.
The by-law targets petroleum-based plastic containers, cups, cup lids, straws, utensils and packets used for sauces and other condiments.
“This will add to the way people perceive Hobart across the world as a city that cares about the environment and its people,” Councillor Bill Harvey, who moved the motion, told The Mercury on Tuesday.
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But it won’t come into effect until late this year or early 2020, pending the outcome of a 21-day public consultation to be set in motion by the director of local government.
Under the regulation, Hobart food retailers may be hit with fines of up to $1300 if they offer plastic food containers and utensils.
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