Reusable calico bags to be delivered to Town of East Fremantle residents


East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill and members of the East Fremantle Junior Football Club.
East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill and members of the East Fremantle Junior Football Club.

EAST Fremantle residents will receive a surprise gift in their mailbox with a calico bag to be given to every household.

East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neillsaid the idea came about when the Town created its new corporate logo.

“We were looking at ways to promote the Town and it coincided with council’s proposed Local Law to ban single use plastic bags in 2016-17,” he said.

“We are providing bags to highlight the proposed ban and encourage residents to be prepared and to use alternatives.”

About 3200 residents will receive the bag and any bags left over may be used at future community events as giveaways.

The Town building is reducing its waste with all general waste bins removed from workstations leaving only paper recycling bins only, without plastic liners.

There are only two locations in the new administration building for depositing general waste and rubbish.

Members of East Fremantle Junior Football Club will be delivering the bags on behalf of the Town.

Mr O’Neill said the process to ban bags began in 2004.

“Council are really happy that WA is following other states with the initiative and applauds the state government for the ban,” he said.

“We understand that many retailers have already commenced the ban on using single-use plastic bags and the Town hopes that the supply of the calico bags helps residents prepare to become more environmentally sustainable in the long term.”

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