Shire to cut plastic use
The Shire of Exmouth will phase out single-use plastic from its offices in an effort to minimise the impact of plastic waste.
Starting with plastic bin liners and drink bottles, the Shire is aiming to reduce the use of these two items by 60 per cent by July 2018.
Shire of Exmouth commissioner Ian Fletcher told a council meeting last night that the decision recognised the importance of waste avoidance and minimisation in tackling the impacts of plastic waste.
“Exmouth is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast and as a community we are only too aware of the impacts of things like plastic food packaging and bait bags making their way into the environment,” he said.
“Not only do we aim to meet these targets, we will be re-evaluating our use at the end of July with a view to expanding on our pledge next year.”
The Shire will host an information booth about Plastic Free July in the mall tomorrow to encourage the community to take action as well. Cape Conservation Group president Denise Fitch said it was good to see the Shire get onboard with Plastic Free July.
“Reduction of plastic use is a good start but we still have a serious waste management issue in Exmouth and this can only be properly addressed by recycling,” she said.