The next phase of the ACT government’s single use plastics ban comes into effect on July 1, with 2022, with single-use plastic straws (with an exemption for those who need them), cotton buds with plastic sticks, and all oxo-degradable plastics banned from sale or supply in the territory. “We would like to thank businesses and organisations who have already made this switch for embracing alternative products and helping make Canberra a more sustainable city,” said transport and city services minister Chris Steel.
Schneider donates to universities and TAFEs to support training
Schneider Electric has donated products worth over $200,000 to universities and TAFEs to help support the next generation of electricians, the company said this week. The Circular Partnership program was designed to give a second chance to surplus products, it said, with 7.7 tonnes of electrical materials diverted from recycling plants to educational facilities over the past year instead. Products included power sockets, distribution blocks, switchboards, and current breakers, to be used by students to gain hands-on experience. Since beginning last year, the company’s residential brand Clipsal by Schneider Electric had provided almost 20,000 units as part of the program, it said.