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Greens bill encouraging BYO food containers passes both Houses of Parliament

5 July 2022

A Greens bill protecting food businesses that allow consumers to use their own takeaway containers has passed both Houses of Parliament, becoming law.

The Private Member’s Bill from Greens MLC Robert Simms passed the Legislative Council in May and was supported by the House of Assembly this morning.

The law amends the Civil Liabilities Act to protect businesses that allow customers to bring their own takeaway containers from liability if the consumer fails to properly sterilise the container.

“This is a common-sense initiative that will be supported by businesses and consumers alike. South Australians have a proud track record when it comes to waste reduction and this is just another example of us leading the way,” Mr Simms said.

“I want to thank the Government and all parties in the parliament for their support of this Green initiative, and in particular acknowledge the contribution of Deputy Premier and Environment Minister Susan Close.”

“This is a great example of the Parliament working collaboratively to deliver positive outcomes for our environment,” Mr Simms said.