Coun­cil backs plas­tic ban

Southern Telegraph - - News - David Sal­vaire

The City of Rock­ing­ham has thrown its sup­port be­hind a pro­posed ban on light­weight, sin­gleuse plas­tic bags, which could come into ef­fect later this year.

The State Govern­ment is push­ing for­ward with the ban af­ter a Novem­ber sur­vey of WA house­holds re­vealed 84 per cent of re­spon­dents sup­ported the mea­sure.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the ban was “ab­so­lutely” sup­ported by the City.

“A State-man­dated ap­proach will be the most ef­fec­tive and uni­form way to im­ple­ment the ban,” he said. “If there are di­rec­tives for lo­cal gov­ern­ments un­der the ban, the City will im­ple­ment these in line with coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity.”

It is es­ti­mated West Aus­tralians used 360 mil­lion sin­gle-use plas­tic bags in 2017. A dis­cus­sion pa­per seeks pub­lic sub­mis­sions on the plas­tic bags ban, which can be made on­line or in writ­ing.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son said the ban was widely sup­ported by the WA com­mu­nity and in­dus­try.

“Ma­jor su­per­mar­kets like Coles, Wool­worths and IGA in­tend to ban light­weight, sin­gle-use plas­tic bags while some re­tail­ers al­ready sup­port the ban by not of­fer­ing these bags to cus­tomers,” he said.

“The dis­cus­sion pa­per gives the com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to be part of ef­forts to re­duce the im­pact of plas­tic bags.”

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