MWAC has compiled a discussion paper that investigates the issues associated with single use plastic bags and the approaches taken by Australian and international Governments to address plastic bag pollution.
There is now a substantial body of evidence on the impact that plastic is having on the environment. The issue of plastic pollution is more significant than just plastic bags and holistic action is required to address the entire problem.
Although Local Government has limited capacity to address many of the sources of plastic pollution, it can take action to reduce the amounts of littered items entering the environment, such as plastic bags. Legislated bans on plastic bags have been introduced in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. The City of Fremantle has previously sought to introduce a Plastic Bag Local Law, but this was disallowed in Parliament in 2015.
The Plastic Bag Discussion Paper is available here.
Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems and amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. For more information visit the PFJ website.
The REDcycle Program accepts soft plastic packaging for recycle. For more information visit the REDcycle website.