A SMALL step but a big signal was how Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams described a move to phase out single-use plastics at the City of Mandurah within 12 months.
In a Notice of Motion to the City of Mandurah at last night’s council meeting, Mr Williams asked council officers to develop and implement a plan to phase out single-use plastics in all City of Mandurah business units and activities.
As part of the plan, a strategy would be included for engaging local businesses in an opt-in campaign to reduce use of single-use plastics across Mandurah.
Mr Williams said single-use plastic continued to have a significant environmental impact, both on a local and global scale.
Of particular concern was the contamination of single-use plastic in waterways.
“The City of Mandurah has been a leader in environmental protection for more than a decade,’’ he said.
“By phasing out the use of single-use plastics and providing an opt-in opportunity for local business to engage in their own plastic reduction efforts, the council continues to role model for the community.”
Mr Williams said the credit for his proposal went to Mandurah Baptist College students who addressed the council after returning from a Kids Teaching Kids Conference.
“Their passion for the environment and their clarity on the dangers of plastic was inspirational – they were the real drivers of this idea,’’ he said.