Reducing Plastic Waste in Golden Plains
Council adopted a plastic waste reduction strategy in August 2017, in line with strong community support for this initiative. Thank you to all the passionate community members who contributed to this decision by providing feedback in our recent survey.
Council is committed to reducing plastic waste and is considering eliminating single-use plastic bags at events and markets in Golden Plains Shire. Plastic bags are a serious environmental issue as they are hazardous to flora and fauna, and are made from non-renewable natural resources such as crude oil, gas and coal.
At its August meeting, Council voted to adopt a plastic waste reduction strategy, and also to write to the Premier, State Environment Minister, and local MPs supporting the banning of single-use plastic bags at the checkout. Council’s plastic waste reduction strategy will focus on community education as well as working with community event organisers to offer alternatives to single-use plastic bags.
How the community has been involved
Community members and event organisers were invited to provide feedback on this policy, as well as any other suggestions for environmental initiatives via an online survey. There was strong community interest in this topic with 55 responses from the community. For the question “Do you support a Council policy to reduce plastic waste and eliminate the use of single use plastic bags?” 49 out of 55 (89%) replied ‘Yes’. This indicates strong support for such a policy.
What happens next
Council will promote the policy and provide support to event organisers and committees, and will allow a 6 month transition period for those affected to adopt the new requirements.
- May 2017: Online survey
- June 2017: Results shared with community
- August 2017: Policy adopted by Counci