Plastics - how can we reduce them?

Consultation has concluded

19 September 2018 workshop

Let's talk about how we can reduce the use of plastic in our community. The rubbish in this photo was collected from Woodman Point last January.

Following the shopping bag ban and a growing number of Councils changing laws aimed at reducing single use plastic waste, what can we do in the City of Cockburn to reduce our use of disposable plastic?

Such plastics include bottles, cigarette butts, straws, cutlery, cups, balloons, packaging and bags which are designed to be used once, before disposal. Plastics are made from a non-renewable resource and designed to last a lifetime, but are often used for only minutes before being thrown away.

In Western Australia:

  • The average household produces about 100kg of plastic waste per year
  • Only 3% of plastics are recovered for recycling
  • Cigarette butts, drink containers and takeaway food packaging make up 70% of the waste on our beaches
  • Drink containers make up 35% of our litter
  • Around 5 million plastic bags are littered every year.

We've looked across Australia at what other local governments and communities have achieved. A number of council shave banned single use plastic items, including the cities of Brisbane and Darebin. In 2018, the City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean have limited the use of single use plastics at events.

Though some balloons are made of latex rubber instead of plastic, they can also take many months to break down in the environment. In 2018, the Town of Cottesloe was the first council in WA to ban the release of helium balloons via an amendment to a local law. A number of other WA Councils have introduced policies and guidelines limiting the use or release of balloons.

Have your say by:

  • Joining our discussion 6pm to 7.15pm, Wednesday 19 September, Last Drop Beeliar, 103 Hammond Rd, Cockburn Central
  • Sending an email to comment@cockburn.wa.gov.au
  • Completing the survey below

Thank you for your input!

19 September 2018 workshop

Let's talk about how we can reduce the use of plastic in our community. The rubbish in this photo was collected from Woodman Point last January.

Following the shopping bag ban and a growing number of Councils changing laws aimed at reducing single use plastic waste, what can we do in the City of Cockburn to reduce our use of disposable plastic?

Such plastics include bottles, cigarette butts, straws, cutlery, cups, balloons, packaging and bags which are designed to be used once, before disposal. Plastics are made from a non-renewable resource and designed to last a lifetime, but are often used for only minutes before being thrown away.

In Western Australia:

  • The average household produces about 100kg of plastic waste per year
  • Only 3% of plastics are recovered for recycling
  • Cigarette butts, drink containers and takeaway food packaging make up 70% of the waste on our beaches
  • Drink containers make up 35% of our litter
  • Around 5 million plastic bags are littered every year.

We've looked across Australia at what other local governments and communities have achieved. A number of council shave banned single use plastic items, including the cities of Brisbane and Darebin. In 2018, the City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean have limited the use of single use plastics at events.

Though some balloons are made of latex rubber instead of plastic, they can also take many months to break down in the environment. In 2018, the Town of Cottesloe was the first council in WA to ban the release of helium balloons via an amendment to a local law. A number of other WA Councils have introduced policies and guidelines limiting the use or release of balloons.

Have your say by:

  • Joining our discussion 6pm to 7.15pm, Wednesday 19 September, Last Drop Beeliar, 103 Hammond Rd, Cockburn Central
  • Sending an email to comment@cockburn.wa.gov.au
  • Completing the survey below

Thank you for your input!