Ban on plas­tic floated

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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.

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