South Africa makes steps to ban all single-use plastics.

The Department of Environmental Affairs is considering a total ban on all single-use plastics in South Africa. The department is in the process of consulting with various industry stakeholders and consumer bodies to determine whether a total ban will be the right move for single-use plastics.

The department’s deputy director-general for chemical and waste management, Mark Gordon, says that single-use products such as straws, earbuds and plastic stirrers are particularly harmful to the environment, particularly the ocean. “We have started a discussion document that we have shared with a number of stakeholders and we are in the process of inviting comments around it,” says Gordon.