Shire to cut plas­tic use

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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