New rules banning single-use plastics, including microbeads and polystyrene packing peanuts, will come into effect in parts of the country on Friday. Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia will each apply bans, but what they cover will vary. There's no overarching laws or rules governing plastic bans in Australia, meaning states and territories set their own standards. It also means rules and regulations about single-use plastics differ greatly between jurisdictions.
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