Ben­e­fits from plas­tic ban

Coun­cils re­port change adopted

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

BASSENDEAN and Bayswa­ter coun­cils have seen a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in sin­gle-use plas­tic af­ter im­ple­ment­ing bans at events ear­lier this year.

In March, Bassendean Coun­cil adopted a sin­gleuse plas­tic ban which urged stall­hold­ers to use biodegrad­able uten­sils and eco-friendly straws at all fu­ture Town events.

Bayswa­ter Coun­cil banned the use of sin­gleuse plas­tics, in­clud­ing bal­loons, plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles and straws, at its premises and events in April.

The City of Swan also adopted a prac­tice that dis­cour­aged City staff and cater­ers from us­ing sin­gleuse plas­tic at coun­cil func­tions and events in July.

Cock­burn Coun­cil is cur­rently look­ing to fol­low in the coun­cils’ foot­steps.

Town of Bassendean se­nior eco­nomic devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Wil­liam Barry said there was greater aware­ness and a re­duc­tion in the use of sin­gle-use plas­tic across the board.

“Stall­hold­ers have gone to vary­ing lev­els of adapt­ing and im­ple­ment­ing change,” he said.

“Some now use all com­postable and biodegrad­able con­tain­ers and cut­lery. Deroo De­leash has moved to only pa­per pack­ag­ing their prod­ucts and en­cour­ag­ing cus­tomers to bring their own bags and con­tain­ers.”

Mr Barry said the six­month tran­si­tion pe­riod was com­ing to an end and the Town ex­pected ven­dors at the monthly Old Perth Road Mar­kets would be “sin­gle-use plas­tic free”.

Bayswa­ter Mayor Dan Bull said the City was work­ing to re­duce its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print by cut­ting down plas­tic at events, venues and build­ings.

“While this won’t hap­pen overnight, we’re al­ready notic­ing a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in sin­gle-use plas­tics at our events, which has been great to see.

“The City is also en­cour­ag­ing the busi­nesses and ven­dors who at­tend our events to con­sider us­ing biodegrad­able prod­ucts in­stead of plas­tic.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of wa­ter tanks at the City’s larger events has been par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful.

“We of­fer reusable cups that are washed through­out the event, lim­it­ing the need for sin­gle-use wa­ter bot­tles.”

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