City of Swan council clamps down on single-use plastic

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CITY of Swan councillors have adopted a motion that will clamp down on single-use plastic – including balloons – at all functions and events hosted by the City.

Councillors supported a motion raised by Cr Claire Scanlan that discourages single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags, balloons and plastic plates and cutlery at all City events.

The motion also included that information regarding the policy be provided to anyone hiring City premises or buildings.

Cr Scanlan said the policy would support the work the City was already doing to reduce waste and educate the public on plastic-free initiatives and recycling education.

She said after the meeting that she was glad it was so well supported by the council.

“It’s really exciting and I’m pleased councillors supported it,” she said.

“I think this shows the community that we are trying to be a leader in sustainability. The staff at the City are doing so much, but I think it’s good to see the council is trying to do their part too.”

Cr Scanlan said the plastic policy was a start, but there were more things the council and community could do to reduce waste.

“What I’d really love to see in the future is a third bin for organic waste,” she said.

“Other councils like Bayswater have brought in a third bin and have found it really positive.

“I’d also like all community groups to have a composting bin for food waste.

“It’s important that we try and reduce the amount of waste we are putting in to landfill and anything we can do will make a difference.”