Plastics - How Can We Reduce Them?

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Consultation has concluded


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 in January 2018.

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?

The City has drafted a Wastewise Policy for events (see document library on this page) and now wants your feedback.


Background

Single use 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 are designed to last a lifetime, but are often used for only minutes before being thrown away.

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

Preliminary consultation was undertaken by the City of Cockburn in September 2018 to gather community feedback on how the City should address the issue of single use plastics. Subsequently, the Wastewise Policy was drafted.

Have Your Say

You are invited to have your say by 5 April 2019.

  • Attend Coogee Live on 9-10 March 2019, which is a wastewise event
  • Send an email to comment@cockburn.wa.gov.au
  • Complete the survey and poll below
  • Phone the Waste Education Officer on 08 9411 3444

Thank you for your input!


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 in January 2018.

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?

The City has drafted a Wastewise Policy for events (see document library on this page) and now wants your feedback.


Background

Single use 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 are designed to last a lifetime, but are often used for only minutes before being thrown away.

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

Preliminary consultation was undertaken by the City of Cockburn in September 2018 to gather community feedback on how the City should address the issue of single use plastics. Subsequently, the Wastewise Policy was drafted.

Have Your Say

You are invited to have your say by 5 April 2019.

  • Attend Coogee Live on 9-10 March 2019, which is a wastewise event
  • Send an email to comment@cockburn.wa.gov.au
  • Complete the survey and poll below
  • Phone the Waste Education Officer on 08 9411 3444

Thank you for your input!