WA Government to hold plastic bag ban workshops

The Western Australian Government will hold workshops to prepare retailers and consumers for the state’s upcoming ban on singe-use plastic bags, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has announced.

The ban, which was announced last year, means retailers and suppliers will not be able provide single-use plastic bags for consumers to use after July 1 this year.

The workshops, which will be held in metropolitan and regional WA, are designed to ready residents for the ban.

“These workshops provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and share information on how the ban will work on a day-to-day basis,” Mr Dawson said.

“The government’s plastic bag ban is widely supported by the community and industry. Now you can help us make it work.”

West Australian retailers are being encouraged by the government to stop ordering single-use plastic bags in the lead up to the ban, while consumers are being advised to start bringing reusable bags for their shopping.

Workshops in the metropolitan region will be held across Perth, Connolly, Stirling, Armadale, Fremantle, Midland and Mandurah and in regional centres through Karratha, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Narrogin, Albany, Geraldton, Broome and Port Hedland.

More information about the government’s workshops can be found here.

Boomerang Alliance launches Communities Taking Control

A new initiative aiming to end Australia’s reliance on single-use plastics has been announced by the Boomerang Alliance at the Beyond Plastic Pollution Conference in Darling Harbour.

Communities Taking Control aims to empower communities to bring about systematic change and end the reliance on single-use plastics. It will provide passionate groups and individuals with a comprehensive guide, including all the information about tools and platforms, to implement a plastic free community initiative. The guide is based on the collaborative efforts of allies and pilot programmes in Noosa and Wollongong.

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“The impacts of significant pollution from plastic in the environment have begun to seriously alarm scientists, health professionals and communities,” said Jeff Angel, Director of the Boomerang Alliance of 47 groups.

“Our oceans, local waterways, marine and wildlife are being crippled by the sheer volumes of plastic, and with plastic now being found in our food and drinking water, it is clear the human food chain is already contaminated.

“All sectors of our society need to take action, and we’ve been pleased to see government, industry, NGO’s and community members coming together to discuss and collaborate on the solutions to the plastic pollution crisis at the conference. This is the way forward.”

Mr Angel noted that programs are already being developed with local businesses, festivals, schools and other stakeholders to reduce the output of single-use plastic at the source.

“The wide spread adoption of reusable consumer goods, and the transition of businesses towards re-usables and non-plastic alternatives will have a huge positive impact on our environment,” he said.

Communities Taking Control is specifically targeting

  • plastic bottles
  • plastic bags
  • polystyrene and plastic takeaway food containers
  • straws
  • cutlery
  • coffee cups