Den­mark bans sin­gle-use plas­tic from Shire events

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

The Shire of Den­mark has voted to ban sin­gle-use plas­tic items, in­clud­ing plas­tic cut­leries, bal­loons and plas­tic straws, from Shire-funded events.

Den­mark coun­cil­lors voted to pass the pro­posed Sus­tain­able Events Pol­icy fi­nal draft that also in­cludes a nine-month com­mu­nity tran­si­tional pe­riod.

The draft pol­icy fol­lows the Town of Bassendean and City of Fre­man­tle coun­cils’ vot­ing to ban all sin­gle-use plas­tic items at all lo­cal gov­ern­men­trun events.

In her re­port to the coun­cil, Shire of Den­mark sus­tain­abil­ity of­fi­cer Donna Sam­pey said re­cy­cling costs would be the ma­jor ex­pense in­volved in im­ple­ment­ing the pol­icy.

“Given the Shire does not cur­rently pro­vide pub­lic re­cy­cling bins at most of its re­serves and fa­cil­i­ties, the main cost im­pli­ca­tion is as­so­ci­ated with the col­lec­tion and pro­cess­ing of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als,” the re­port said.

“It would be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the event or­gan­iser, whether that be the Shire or com­mu­nity, to pro­vide the rel­e­vant quan­tity of bins and bear any cost re­lated to dis­posal.”

The Shire has also agreed to not im­ple­ment any fi­nan­cial penalty for any non-com­pli­ance.

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

It has been rec­om­mended that the Shire re­view the pol­icy af­ter the nine-month tran­si­tional pe­riod and ap­ply fur­ther amend­ments if re­quired.

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