Is this the last straw?

Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE -

CITY of Swan coun­cil­lor Claire Scan­lan will put for­ward a mo­tion at tonight’s or­di­nary coun­cil meeting that the City adopt a pol­icy to dis­cour­age the use of sin­gle-use plas­tic.

The mo­tion would in­clude the use of plas­tics such as bags, bal­loons, plates, cut­lery and drink­ing straws at all City func­tions and events.

The mo­tion would also in­clude the in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this pol­icy be pro­vided to all those that hire the City premises and build­ings.

Cr Scan­lan said she wanted the City to be lead­ers in waste and set an ex­am­ple.

“The pos­si­bil­ity of dredg­ing in our rivers and oceans for plas­tic is very fright­en­ing,” she said.

“I hope that the City can lead the way in the waste con­ver­sa­tion and not only dis­cour­age the com­mu­nity from us­ing sin­gle-use plas­tic, but also set that ex­am­ple.”

Cr Scan­lan said she had been work­ing with City staff on the mo­tion for a while and hoped other coun­cil­lors would sup­port it.

“We have to start some­where,” she said.

“I thought it was an im­por­tant state­ment to make by rais­ing the mo­tion at our July coun­cil meeting to co­in­cide with the July 1 plas­tic bag ban.”

Coun­cil­lors will con­sider the mo­tion tonight.

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