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Plastic Reduction Workshop

July 2018

On Tuesday 3 July, over 50 representatives from Local Government attended a workshop at WALGA to discuss ways that Local Government can reduce the use of plastic.

William Barry from the Town of Bassendean and Cr Giorgia Johnson from the City of Bayswater, presented on the actions their Councils have taken to reduce ⬇️ plastic use at events and in Council operations. Annabelle McGuiness from the City of Fremantle presented on their Sustainable Events approach and Libby Eustance from Western Metropolitan Regional Council provided their waste minimisation check list. Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Plastic Free July Foundation, discussed how individual action can drive system change.

The outcomes of this workshop will be referred to the Municipal Waste Advisory Council for consideration.

For more information on the outcomes of the workshop, please see the Workshop Notes.

Plastic Bag Ban - Information and Resources

June 2018

The Environmental Protection (Plastic Bags) Regulations 2018 commence on 1 July 2018, banning lightweight plastic bags. A lightweight plastic bag is defined as having a thickness of 35 microns or less, with handles including those that are degradable, biodegradable and compostable.

WA’s plastic bag ban will affect all retailers—from grocery and fast food stores to fashion boutiques, market stalls and pharmacies.  To assist retailers make the necessary business changes and rundown existing stocks, there is a transitional period until 31 December 2018.

The State Government’s education campaign—What’s Your Bag Plan?—has commenced to encourage WA consumers to carry their own alternative, reusable bags.  Further information is available at whatsyourbagplan.wa.gov.au.

The Government is also partnering with the National Retail Association (NRA) to deliver a retailer-focused education campaign, including retail precinct tours and face-to-face engagement—providing support for retailers—helping them comply with the ban and find alternatives for their customers.  Retailers can contact NRA’s Retail Hotline on 1800 817 723 or by email at bagbanwa@nra.net.au. The address for the NRA’s dedicated retailer website is www.bagbanwa.com.au.  Please share these details with your retail community.

Please click on the individual links below to download the digital resources that you can share with your communities:

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Also go to whatsyourbagplan.wa.gov.au to access these four additional resources:

  • BYO Bag Poster
  • Door hanger
  • FAQs
  • WA Better Bag Guide

Plastic Bags Discussion Paper

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.

August 2016

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.

REDcycle Program

The REDcycle Program accepts soft plastic packaging for recycle. For more information visit the REDcycle website.