La­bor plans plas­tic bag war

Great Southern Herald - - News - Daniel Mercer

Sin­gle-use plas­tic bags could be banned in WA af­ter En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son said they were a blight on the en­vi­ron­ment and he would look at ways of rid­ding them from the State.

And West Aus­tralians could soon be get­ting paid for re­cy­cling cans, bot­tles and car­tons, af­ter Mr Daw­son said he wanted to make a con­tainer de­posit scheme a pri­or­ity.

In his first ma­jor in­ter­view since La­bor won the elec­tion, Mr Daw­son de­cried the dam­age plas­tic shop­ping bags did to the en­vi­ron­ment and said he wanted to ban or limit their use.

The min­is­ter re­vealed he had asked the Waste Author­ity — the Gov­ern­ment’s re­cy­cling ad­viser — to in­ves­ti­gate ways of curb­ing the avail­abil­ity of the prod­ucts. It comes af­ter City of Fre­man­tle tried to im­ple­ment a ban on plas­tic bags. Mr Daw­son said that un­der La­bor, lo­cal gov­ern­ments would be free to pur­sue bans, but the Gov­ern­ment would ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of Statewide ac­tion.

“I’m a sup­porter of do­ing some work to see what we can do to ban the use or limit the use of sin­gle-use plas­tic bags,” Mr Daw­son said.

“I’m not sure what that would look like. But I’ve asked the Waste Author­ity to at least do some work and send some op­tions in that space.

“They (plas­tic bags) do end up block­ing our wa­ter­ways and end­ing up in all sorts of places.”

Set­ting out his agenda for the en­vi­ron­ment port­fo­lio, Mr Daw­son lamented WA’s re­cy­cling record. He vowed to es­tab­lish a cash-for-con­tain­ers scheme, a prom­ise La­bor brought to its elec­tion cam­paign.

Last year, Perth re­cy­cled just 41 per cent of its house­hold waste.

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