City of Rockingham takes the environmental lead


Single-use plastics were found within the Shoalwater Marine Reserve.
Single-use plastics were found within the Shoalwater Marine Reserve.

CITY of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels says the City’s new policy to reduce single- use plastics is the most extensive of its kind for a WA council.

The positive step towards protecting Rockingham’s pristine environment includes a balloons policy, which was adopted at the City’s May meeting.

It is supported by the City’s ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ guideline that shows ways to limit the use of disposable plastics by requiring the use of compostable or reusable alternatives.

The guideline can help residents and businesses make the switch away from single-use plastics. The policy applies to all City operations, events held in public places or City-controlled land that require approval from the City, and all traders operating with a permit issued by the City.

It was adopted after a unanimous decision by council in August 2018 to address single-use plastics.

Mr Sammels said singleuse plastics was an issue that affected the community on a large scale.

“Council was of the firm view that leadership needed to be taken in this space,” he said.

“Rockingham has a unique coastline that is very important to the community’s way of life.

“Given the fact that single-use plastics can have devastating effects on our marine wildlife, it was important
we take action and the community shared this view during public consultation.

“This policy is an important step in the right direction and clearly outlines the steps that are required.”

For more information on the single use plastics and balloons policy and the ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’
guideline, visit Environmental Sustainability.

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