Canberra to ban single-use plastics at major events

Canberra is widening its ban on single-use plastics to include major sporting and music events at Canberra Stadium and Manuka Oval.

Canberra has been doing away with a wide range of single-use plastics such as cutlery and takeaway containers since 2021 including banning them events such as Australia Day in the Capital, the Royal Canberra Show and the Enlighten Festival.

“Canberrans have shown great support for phasing out single-use plastics, and we’re now working towards identifying more items to add to the list,” said Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel.

“Food vendors who operate at NRL and Super Rugby matches at GIO Stadium, AFL and cricket matches at Manuka Oval, will now move away from single-use plastic items such as plastic bowls, plates, single-use plastic straws and takeaway containers, swapping them with items made from materials like hard cardboard or sugar-cane mulch.

“This means fans attending football games at GIO, cricket at Manuka or these music festivals at Exhibition Park will easily be able to take action to reduce their use of plastic.”