Fremantle plastic bag reduction law passed

Fremantle has become the first local government in Western Australia to ban retailers from issuing single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags.
The Plastic Bag Reduction Local Law 2012, which was adopted by council this week will not only reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, but will also limit the risk of harmful non-biodegradable plastic bags making their way into the local marine environment.
This is an exciting council decision and I commend my fellow councillors, local retailers and the broader community for their support of this
Although getting to this point was a team effort, I would like to acknowledge the work of Plastic Free Freo, the community group who initially pushed for this law and who were recently awarded ‘community group of the year’ at Fremantle’s Australia Day citizenship awards.
The key feature of the new law is is that single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags are not permitted under any circumstances. Alternative bags (biodegradable bags or bags above a certain thickness) may be offered for a minimum of 10 cents per bag.
Here is how the West covered it:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/16031231/freo-bans-plastic-bags/

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One Response to Fremantle plastic bag reduction law passed

  1. Heath Adams says:

    Amazing work. This is excellent policy and I’m really proud to live in a city that’s done this.

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