Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services

    Last call for comments on WA’s plastic bag ban

    1/03/2018 12:00 PM
    • Comments sought on ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags
    • State-wide workshops come to a close 

    Western Australians have another week to comment on the State's plastic bag ban, which is due to start on July 1, 2018.


    Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today encouraged the community to make use of this opportunity, and have a say on the upcoming ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags.


    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, and Boomerang Alliance have held 15 workshops across the State - from Broome in the north to Albany in the south - to help retailers and shoppers prepare for the ban.


    Meetings have also been held in regional areas with local governments, Aboriginal corporations, natural resource management groups and business groups.


    To date, almost 2,500 people have responded to the plastic bag ban discussion paper - 88 per cent support the ban.


    Submissions to the plastic bag ban close on Friday March 9, 2018.


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "By reducing the waste we send to landfill, we can generate significant economic opportunities for Western Australians - recycling 10,000 tonnes of waste creates three times more jobs than sending the same amount of waste to landfill.


    "We want to hear from Western Australians on how we can help you get ready for July 1, when retailers will no longer be able to provide plastic bags to their customers.


    "Banning plastic bags is just one of a number of strategic waste reform initiatives demonstrating this Government's commitment to preserving the State's unique environment for future generations.


    "We will also introduce a container deposit scheme in 2019.


    "These initiatives give the community an opportunity to be part of efforts to reduce the impact of plastic bags, and other waste and litter on our environment."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800