The WA ‘Plan for Plastics’ will be fast-tracked by four years with a goal of eliminating single-use plastic items like bowls, cups, plates, cutlery and polystyrene food containers by the end of the year as a component of stage 1. Helium balloon releases also will be phased out this year and single-use coffee cups by 2023 as a component of stage 2 of the plan.

Environment minister Amber-Jade Sanderson stated in a statement released Monday that people garnering aid from the aged care, disability and health sectors would continue to be provided with single-use plastic items if those specific items helped to preserve their quality of life.

For other residents of the community, the minister specified that minor adjustments in selecting reuse plastics was the answer.

She said that the government was hosting an education and information program for retailers, hospitality businesses and community groups to accomplish the phased target dates.

In the six months following the inception of every stage of the Plan for Plastics, the government will be providing support for business to aid with the transition by way of a Plastic Free Places Program.

The new timeline for the WA Plan for Plastics displays the state government’s firm commitment to lessening the impact of plastic use and plastic litter on the environment, Sanderson said, adding that this move is the next level of the journey to reduce landfill and guarantee a healthful environment.

States a survey of the WA public, more than 98% support extra action in regards to single-use plastics. The state also acknowledges the rating by WWF Australia as the ‘leading jurisdiction in Australia for action on single-use plastics’.

WA premier Mark McGowan stated that choosing to refuse single-use plastics was determining a benchmark for the state and also guaranteeing the future shielding of the environment.

By advancing the timeframes for single-use plastic bags, McGowan can harness the community’s enthusiasm and our yearning for change to make valuable improvements swiftly and effectively, McGowan said.

 

This article was first published by The Mandarin and was reprinted in Smart Company.Com.Au.