SINGLE USE PLASTICS - 29/05/2019

Single-use plastics are a big problem for our planet.


Plastic bags, coffee cups, drink bottles, drinking straws and utensils and other products made of petroleum-based plastic are not biodegradable and end up in landfill.


This trash is buried or finds its way into the ocean, which is how the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is about three times the size of France formed between Hawaii and California.


There has been a recent global movement to reduce the hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic pollution produced worldwide each year and embrace environmentally sustainable alternatives.


Council is proud to be taking action to reduce single-use plastics within the City’s operations and events.


In September the City’s Single Use Plastics Working Group formed to tackle the use disposable plastic products within the organisation.


An audit found the five most common single-use plastic products were plastic bags, coffee and water cups, water bottles, drinking straws and utensils.


In January, Council endorsed a proposal to develop a single-use plastics reduction strategy to replace these products with biodegradable, reusable and compostable alternatives.


Last week, Council endorsed the strategy, which is now available for public comment. Visit www.karratha.wa.gov.au/public-notifications to read the strategy and have your say by June 19.


Council believes it’s important to lead by environmentally-responsible example to reduce our contribution to landfill and minimise the impact of plastic pollution on our wildlife and oceans.


The strategy follows the introduction of biodegradable doggie bags, distributing reusable water bottles and coffee cups to staff and not providing straws or plastic cutlery.


We’re also investigating the feasibility of the Red Earth Arts Festival becoming single-use plastics free.


While commercial businesses are not obliged to replace single-use plastics, we encourage businesses and the community to choose to reuse wherever possible. Every little bit helps.

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