Last gasp for bags

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE have only hours left to com­ment on the plas­tic bag ban, due to start on July 1.

To date, about 2500 peo­ple have re­sponded, with 88 per cent in sup­port of a ban on light­weight sin­gle-use plas­tic bags. Sub­mis­sions close 5pm, March 9.

En­vi­ron­ment Minister Stephen Daw­son said work­shops and meet­ings had taken place from Broome to Al­bany to help shop­pers and re­tail­ers pre­pare for the ban.

“By re­duc­ing the waste we send to land­fill, we can gen­er­ate sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for West Aus­tralians – re­cy­cling 10,000 tonnes of waste cre­ates three times more jobs than send­ing the same amount of waste to land­fill,” he said.

“These ini­tia­tives give the com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to be part of ef­forts to re­duce the im­pact of plas­tic bags and other waste and lit­ter on our en­vi­ron­ment.”

Email plas­tic bag­ban@dwer.wa.

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