WA’S Plan for Plastics

Published on Thursday, 25 November 2021 at 11:41:01 AM

WA’S Plan for Plastics 

                                      

“The McGowan Labour Government has fast-tracked its Plan for Plastics by four years … this new timeframe will see Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics fully implemented by the end of 2022” - Media Statement – Government of Western Australia, June 2021.

 

It is a well known fact that plastics, of all sizes, pose a major threat to marine life and terrestrial biodiversity. It is estimated that eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans annually. Recent coastal debris collections in Western Australia have identified that more than 75 per cent of rubbish collected was plastic. These are grim facts and the Western Australian Government is addressing the problem beginning with tackling the issue of single use plastic items.

 

The Plan for Plastics will be rolled out in two stages.

Stage 1: To be implemented by the end of 2021 – Bans on items including: plastic plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, straws, thick plastic bags, polystyrene food containers and helium balloon releases

Stage 2: To be implemented by the end of 2022 – Bans on additional items including: plastic/produce bags, cotton buds with plastic shafts, takeaway coffee cups and lids with single-use plastic materials, polystyrene packaging, microbeads and oxo-degradable plastics.

 

This sounds quite scary – new ideas and changes to the way we do things generally are. But for the average consumer, such as you and I, this initiative should not create problems. The banned items will no longer be available to buy, and recyclable alternatives will already be in use by the food and beverage industry.    

 

Let’s embrace a safer and healthier environment.

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