City of Karratha events to become plastic-free

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Plastic pollution on a beach.
Camera IconPlastic pollution on a beach. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The City of Karratha is set to become plastic-free over the next 12 months with the council having endorsed a plan to ban single-use plastics from all of its operations and events.

The City’s Single Use Plastics Working Group, which formed in September, developed the strategy to tackle the use of disposable plastic products within the council area.

The plan was approved by council last Monday.

Once implemented, it will eliminate 71,000 plastic bags, almost 16,000 cups, more than 5000 water bottles and nearly 3000 straws and utensils.

Mayor Peter Long said the council recognised the importance of reducing plastic waste.

“While this won’t happen overnight, we have taken the next step to become a single-use, plastic free, environmentally responsible organisation,” he said.

“Phasing out single-use plastics is an effective way to reduce our contribution to landfill and minimise the impact of plastic pollution on our wildlife and oceans.”

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson congratulated the City for getting on the front foot and taking action on single-use plastics.

“Changing behaviours around plastic use requires the sort of leadership we’ve seen this week from the City of Karratha,” he said.

“I would encourage other local governments to follow this lead and think about how we can all work together to win the war on waste.”

Now the council has endorsed the strategy, city officers can begin investigating how to phase out single-use plastics and introduce biodegradable and reusable alternatives.

Council will also investigate the feasibility of the popular Red Earth Arts Festival becoming single-use plastics-free.

“While commercial businesses operating within council facilities are not obliged to replace single-use plastics, we encourage businesses and the community to choose to reuse wherever possible,” Cr Long said.

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