Peel-Harvey Catchment Council wants to extend ban on all plastic shopping bags


PHCC’s Jesse Rowley, volunteer Matthew Read and PHCC’s Jordon Garbellini.
PHCC’s Jesse Rowley, volunteer Matthew Read and PHCC’s Jordon Garbellini.

PEEL-HARVEY Catchment Council (PHCC) aims to extend the State Government ban on all plastic shopping bags.

The end to light-weight plastic shopping bags will be introduced in WA on July 1 and should lead to the complete end of single use plastic shopping bags in the next two years.

The ban will make it illegal for shops to provide plastic bags which are less than 35 microns – the type of bags currently used at most checkouts.

However, PHCC said they’re concerned retailers and shoppers would shift from thin plastic to glossy thick plastic bags which may still be available after the ban is implemented.

PHCC aims to extend the ban to all plastic shopping bags that are less than 70 microns thick.

Mandurah-based Youth on Leadership group have devised a campaign to raise community awareness on the impacts of single use plastics on the local environment.

PHCC chair Andy Gulliver said it was fantastic to see the Youth in Leadership Group’s Heal Peel campaign being developed.

“Young people are showing us adults the way with their marketing campaign,” he said.

“We hope that the State Government puts as much effort and enthusiasm into a state-wide awareness-raising campaign, with a much bigger budget of course.”

Mr Gulliver said he would like to see a complete shift away from single use plastic shopping bags in the long term.

“Government and community leaders need to support and encourage the use of re-useable shopping bags that can be used over and over again,” he said.

“This is a simple action that each and every one of us can do to look after the environment everyday.”

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