Following on from a targeted consultation round the State Government has released Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics for broader stakeholder comment.  The Plan outlines the mitigation strategies to reduce the known impacts of single-use plastics on the environment.

The Plan aims to;

  • Prioritise avoidance of single use plastics in the first instance
  • Replace plastics with alternatives wherever possible
  • Where plastic is required replace single use with recoverable or recyclable options
  • Minimise litter and contamination of water treatment facilities with single use plastics

The Plan is open for consultation now with an implementation framework for end of 2021 and into 2022.

The Plan proposes by the end of 2021, the banning of single use plastic versions of;

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Stirrers
  • Straws
  • Cups
  • Thick plastic bags
  • Polystyrene takeaway food container
  • Helium balloon releases

By the end of 2022 the Plan includes bans on the following plastic items:

  • barrier/produce bags
  • microbeads
  • polystyrene packaging
  • polystyrene cups
  • coffee cups and lids
  • cotton buds with plastic shafts
  • oxo-degradable plastics (plastics designed to break up more rapidly into fragments under certain conditions).

The Plan also includes actions on prepacked fruit and vegetables, takeaway food and beverage containers and plastic packaging.

The Plan is out for public consultation now.  ACAPMA is engaged in this process and welcomes member feedback on the Plan and proposals.