Environment Minister visits Mundaring’s Wasteless Pantry to push plastic-free message

Stephen Dawson with Wasteless Pantry owners Jeannie Richardson, Amanda Welschbillig and Labor's Darling Range Labor candidate Tania Lawrence.
Stephen Dawson with Wasteless Pantry owners Jeannie Richardson, Amanda Welschbillig and Labor's Darling Range Labor candidate Tania Lawrence.

WITH less than a month to go until single use plastic bags are banned on July 1, the community is being urged to start bringing their own bags when they go shopping.

This week Environment Minster Stephen Dawson attended Mundaring’s Wasteless Pantry – a small award-winning business leading the way in reducing waste and recycling – and changing the way people shop.

“The Wasteless Pantry shows that it’s possible to source food locally and sustainably and to eliminate disposable packaging,” he said.

“Small daily actions add up to make a big impact.”

Mr Dawson said the ban on lightweight plastic bags was part of a number of strategic waste reforms to reduce waste, which includes a commitment to a container deposit scheme.

“These initiatives reflect the community’s desire to work together to reduce the significant impact of plastic bags and other waste and litter on our environment,” he said.

Mr Dawson also called on West Australians to help beat plastic pollution by cutting back on single-use plastic during July during Plastic Free July.

The movement was born in Perth seven years ago with 40 people taking up the challenge.

Last year more than two million people in 159 countries pledged to ditch single-use plastic during July. In WA alone, 11 per cent of the State’s population took the Plastic Free July challenge in 2017 – saving 10,400 tonnes of plastic household waste from landfill.

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