Ban on plastic floated
THE City of Cockburn could soon follow the Town of Cottesloe’s example and ban the release of helium balloons.
The City has formed a working group to consider a similar ban to that introduced in Cottesloe last September, as well as ways that single-use plastics such as bottles, straws, cutlery, cups, packaging and bags can be reduced.
Cockburn waste education officer Nicki Ledger said their sustainable event guidelines did not allow balloons to be given away or released at City-run events, but it was a rule they could not enforce as it was not a local law.
“The use and release of balloons within the City of Cockburn is an issue of growing concern to the local community,” she said.
“Litter clean-ups at local events have demonstrated that discarded balloons are a significant problem; balloons, string and ribbon released into the natural environment cause unsightly litter and pose ingestion and entanglement risks to local wildlife.
“The City feels it is important to facilitate a conversation around this issue as it is a big problem which will require commitment from the whole community to make a difference.”
Boycott Balloons Fremantle founder Lisa Hills has been campaigning to see the end of latex balloons for years.
“Some of the worst places I know local to me for balloon litter are Manning Park, Bibra Lake and Woodman Point,” she said.
Visit comment.cockburn.wa.gov.au/plasticshow-can-we-reduce-them before September 28.