City ban on plas­tic

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

CITY of Fre­man­tle events will no longer in­clude the sale of sin­gle-use plas­tics.

Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lors re­cently passed an ex­ten­sive sus­tain­able events pol­icy which would af­fect events run by the City, in­clud­ing the Fre­man­tle Fes­ti­val and One Day in Fre­man­tle, or events that re­quire City ap­proval, such as Win­ter­world and Laneway Fes­ti­val.

It in­cludes a ban on bal­loons, con­fetti, poly­styrene and sty­ro­foam and sin­gleuse plas­tic be­ing used, sold or dis­trib­uted at events.

No sale of sin­gle-use plas­tics will be al­lowed at City events, in­clud­ing cut­lery, cups, cof­fee cups, bottles, plates, con­tain­ers, bags and cling wrap.

City of Fre­man­tle chief ex­ec­u­tive Philip St John said the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pol­icy would have an ed­uca­tive, not puni­tive, ap­proach.

“A range of mech­a­nisms would be used over the twoyear trial pe­riod,” he said.

“We are not in the po­si­tion to close down events but per­haps in the next ap­proval the op­er­a­tor won’t get ap­proved.”

Coun­cil­lors de­bated the health ef­fects of sin­gle-use plas­tic wa­ter bottles and in­tro­duc­ing more wa­ter foun­tains in the City.

Coun­cil­lor An­drew Sul­li­van said it was frus­trat­ing to see so many peo­ple buy the wa­ter.

“I want to en­cour­age us to keep on this and be lead­ers in the com­mu­nity for this,” he said.

Other fea­tures in­clude pro­vid­ing and la­belling bins, pro­mot­ing pub­lic trans­port, walk­ing, and en­sur­ing ad­e­quate bike park­ing.

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