THE City of Swan is one of many local councils in WA throwing its weight behind a statewide plastic bag ban.
The city has supported the WA Local Government Association’s proposal to ban plastic bags from WA shops, but has not introduced its own laws at a local level.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said he believed a ban needed to be handed down at State Government level.
“While council voted to support a state initiative to ban plastic bags in WA, any form of ban should be implemented at a state level to ensure a uniform approach is pursued throughout WA,” he said.
“This would see WA join South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Northern Territory, who have all implemented plastic bag bans with positive results.”
Since introducing a ban in 2009, South Australia’s plastic bag litter fell by 45 per cent in three years.
Shire of Mundaring Councillor Trish Cook put forward a motion to ban single-use plastic bags at the June council meeting, but failed to gain support.
An alternative motion was passed for a report to be prepared, detailing the implications and resources required to develop a local law banning the provision or sale of single use plastic bags in the Shire.