Town of Cambridge has no plans for plastic bag ban

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TOWN of Cambridge will not follow the Town of East Fremantle and City of Joondalup’s push for a plastic bag ban.

In March, Town of East Fremantle councillors voted to start drafting a local law banning single-use plastic bags and Joondalup announced it would do the same, a move that received support from Premier Mark McGowan.

Cambridge acting chief executive Jason Lyon said the local government promoted sustainable living, but banning plastic bags was not a priority.

“The Town of Cambridge prides itself on sustainable living and waste reduction, and a blanket ban on the use of plastic bags is not considered to be a key issue,” he said.

“The Town’s Sustainability and Waste teams actively promote programs surrounding waste reduction and minimising individual impact.

“Town residents are encouraged to recycle plastic bags and other soft plastics in yellow-lidded bins.”

Curtin University sustainability professor Peter Newman said the community needed to “get rid of plastic”.

“Plastic bags are clogging up our oceans and harming fish, turtles, sharks and everything that moves in the ocean,” he said.

East Fremantle canvassed local businesses to seek their support and ensure there was minimal impact on their business and received five responses.

Three businesses were supportive of the ban.

Single-use plastic bag bans already exist in South Australia, the ACT and the NT.