Have your say about plan to reduce plastic pollution

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The City of Karratha would like to hear your thoughts about a plan to eliminate tens of thousands of disposable plastic bags, cups, water bottles, straws and utensils within City operations.

Under the draft Internal Strategy to Minimise the Use of Single Use Plastics, single-use plastics will be phased out from City of Karratha operations and events over the next 12 months.

In January, Council endorsed a proposal to develop a strategy to replace disposable plastic products with reusable, biodegradable and compostable alternatives after the City’s Single Use Plastics Working Group formed in September.

On Monday, Council resolved to advertise the strategy for public comment.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said it was important the City leads by environmentally-responsible example.

“As a progressive Council, we are committed to changing current practices to reduce our carbon footprint and become as eco-friendly as possible,” Cr Long said.

“We have already introduced biodegradable doggie bags, distributed reusable water bottles and coffee cups to staff, and eliminated drinking straws and utensils but we are keen to do more to reduce our contribution to landfill and minimise the impact of plastic pollution on our environment.

“Council is also eager to investigate options to deliver the first single-use plastics free Red Earth Arts Festival.”

The draft Internal Strategy to Minimise the Use of Single Use Plastics is available to view at the Administration Office on Welcome Road between 8.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday or online at www.karratha.wa.gov.au/public-notifications

Submissions can be made in writing to the City of Karratha PO Box 219 Karratha WA 6714 or via email to enquiries@karratha.wa.gov.au by close of business Wednesday, June 19 2019.