South Australia will become the first Australian state to ban plastic straws, cutlery, and drink stirrers under a plan announced by the state government.

The SA environment minister, David Speirs, said on Saturday the Liberal government would draft legislation to ban the single-use items this year before introducing the bill to parliament in 2020.

Plastic straws, cutlery, and drink stirrers are first on the agenda, and the government is also looking to ban takeaway polystyrene containers and cups.

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