- Rottnest Island to become the first major tourism destination in Western Australia to become plastic straw free
- New policy will come into effect from May 1, 2019
- Collaboration between Rottnest Island Authority and island businesses
Single-use plastic straws will be banned on Rottnest Island, helping eliminate plastic waste at the tourism hotspot.
The Rottnest Island Authority, in consultation with island businesses and the community, has started phasing out plastic straws, with only biodegradable paper straws available upon request from May 1, 2019.
The new plastic straw free initiative has been designed to see a 50 per cent reduction in plastic straw use immediately.
The policy builds on the Authority's conservation and sustainability initiatives, including renewable energy, waste management and Plastic Free July.
The State Government's online survey asking for your views on reducing single-use plastic items can be accessed on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's website.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"The State Government continues to build on initiatives such as the single-use plastic bag ban, biodegradable fishing bait boxes and now the ban on plastic straws on Rottnest Island.
"Most plastic takes years to degrade, in some cases centuries. We want to do more to stop plastic ending up on Western Australia's beautiful beaches and in our oceans.
"Taking plastic straws out of the litter stream is a significant step towards protecting our environment and A-Class reserves such as Rottnest."
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"Visitor experience and accessibility are fundamental to Rottnest, so the island continues to look for ways to improve sustainability without impacting experience.
"Local businesses supporting the initiative have pledged to serve biodegradable paper or reusable straws, such as metal and silicone, to ensure there are accessible options for visitors.
"Rottnest is a certified eco-tourism destination and we need to ensure it will be enjoyed for generations to come."
Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600