City of Bayswater discontinues use of single use plastic at City buildings and events

BAYSWATER Council has banned single-use plastics, including balloons, plastic water bottles and straws, at its premises and events.

At the April 24 meeting, Councillor Giorgia Johnson moved a motion for the City to recognise the “devastation” plastic had on the environment, marine life and water supply and make efforts to stop using single-use plastics.

The motion asked City officers to investigate and promote alternatives to single-use plastic items at all community events held in the City and investigate the provision of water bottle refill stations at City events and premises.

The council passed Cr Elli Petersen-Pik’s amendment for the City to amend its local laws to prohibit the release of balloons at City premises, events or parks.

All councillors except Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish voted for the City to support the State Government’s plastic bag ban and write to Premier Mark McGowan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson to request the ban be extended to other items, including plastic straws and balloons.

The council also agreed to support the Federal Government’s stance on microbeads and request the City write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg about banning the manufacture, distribution and sale of personal care products containing microbeads.

The City will continue to investigate ways to reduce other single-use plastics at a local level as part of its waste reduction strategies.

Cr Johnson said it was no secret that plastic was “causing damage”.

“I am not proposing radical behaviour as it does not affect private businesses as it is,” she said.

“I am proposing that we do what we can and lead by example and set some principles for our future.”

Cr Petersen-Pik said a ban would not extend to private businesses at City events, such as food vans.

Cr Cornish said the Federal Government should implement a ban on microbeads in cleansing products, following the US, the UK and New Zealand.