Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    Four-week countdown to the bag ban has begun!

    6/06/2018 12:00 PM
    • Less than one month to prepare for the State's plastic bag ban
    • Minister urges households to #BYObags  

    Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today reconfirmed the State Government's commitment to banning single-use plastic bags, starting the countdown to July 1. 


    Today's event was held at Mundaring's Wasteless Pantry - a small business that is leading the way in reducing waste and recycling - and changing the way people shop.


    Western Australians are also being urged to help beat plastic pollution by cutting back on single use plastic during July.


    The Plastic Free July movement was born in Perth seven years ago with 40 people taking up the challenge. Last year, more than two million people in 159 countries pledged to ditch single-use plastic during July.


    In WA alone, 11 per cent of the State's population took the Plastic Free July challenge in 2017 - saving 10,400 tonnes of plastic household waste from landfill.


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "The Wasteless Pantry shows that it's possible to source food locally and sustainably, and to eliminate disposable packaging.


    "Small daily actions add up to make a big impact.


    "The ban on lightweight plastic bags is just one of a number of strategic waste reforms showing this Government's commitment to reducing waste, which includes a commitment to a container deposit scheme.


    "These initiatives reflect the community's desire to work together to reduce the significant impact of plastic bags and other waste and litter on our environment."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800