Plas­tic plan bot­tled up

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

The Shire of Den­mark will fur­ther in­ves­ti­gate whether it will ban plas­tic water bot­tles and other dis­pos­able plas­tic items from Shire-run events.

The Shire tabled a pro­posed Sus­tain­able Events pol­icy draft, which would ban plas­tic water bot­tles, cut­lery, bal­loons and straws at Shire events, at its coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

But coun­cil­lors voted to post­pone vot­ing on the pol­icy.

The final re­port of the pro­posed pol­icy will be voted on by the coun­cil at its Au­gust meet­ing.

The draft pol­icy fol­lows the Town of Bassendean coun­cil’s vot­ing to ban all sin­gle-use plas­tic items at all Town events.

Af­ter hear­ing the de­ci­sion, Den­mark coun­cil­lors have re­quested the Shire de­vel­ops a sim­i­lar pol­icy.

The pro­posed pol­icy in­cludes a nine-month roll­out pe­riod to al­low ad­e­quate en­gage­ment with af­fected ven­dors that might rely on the sell­ing of water bot­tles.

Af­ter the roll­out pe­riod, the coun­cil will once again re­view and amend the pol­icy.

Events with more than 300 peo­ple could also re­quest to be ex­empted from the pol­icy in or­der to re­duce nui­sance.

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