Community input sought on single-use plastics

The WA Government is leading the charge on waste reduction and wants to hear from the Western Australian community about its views on the next step to reduce the harmful effects of single-use plastics.

Announcing the new consultation at East Victoria Park’s Antz HQ café, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson invited the community to contribute their ideas and participate in the consultation process.

The ‘Let’s not draw the short straw – reduce single-use plastics issues paper’ and its associated online survey will guide the next step in the State’s war on plastic waste.

Also announced was a new funding partnership between the State Government and the Plastic Free Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation committed to the reduction of plastic use in our day-to-day lives. The Foundation is well known for its Plastic Free July campaign, which has strong support across Australia and around the world.

$326,725 in State Government funding and $484,126 from Lotterywest has been awarded to the Plastic Free Foundation to engage individuals and communities in WA to reduce waste and create a cleaner and healthier State.

In 2018 the WA Government banned lightweight plastic bags and instructed government agencies to stop buying avoidable single-use plastic items such as plastic cups, straws and cutlery.

Despite the convenience and low cost of disposable plastic items, Antz HQ café is a sustainability success story – plastic free with not a disposable cup or plastic spoon in sight.

Since opening three years ago, the café has saved 221,578 disposable cups from landfill – 7,268 in the last month alone.

The café stocks a range of reusable cups, and customers who BYO cup get a 50 cent discount on their coffee.

The discussion paper aligns with the WA Government’s ‘Our Priorities: A Liveable Environment’, one of the targets of the Our Priorities program which aims to address important issues facing Western Australia.

Source: WA Government