Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    Workshops for ideas to reduce single-use plastics

    20/05/2019 8:20 AM
     
    • 10 community workshops across WA seeking ideas to reduce single-use plastics
    • Community input on how we can change behaviours is welcomed  

    Western Australians are being encouraged to attend workshops across the State to help guide the next steps in the McGowan Government's action on plastic waste.

     

    From May 20 to July 8, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) will run 10 workshops to gather ideas from the community and businesses on how to reduce single-use plastics and their impacts on the environment, waste facilities and human health.

     

    It follows the recent release of the 'Let's not draw the short straw - reduce single-use plastics' issues paper and online survey which asks for community feedback.

     

    The issues paper aligns with the whole-of-government target for 'a liveable environment' as part of the State's Our Priorities program to address important issues facing Western Australia.

     

    Last year, the State Government banned the supply of lightweight plastic bags and instructed government agencies to stop buying avoidable single-use plastic items such as cups, straws and cutlery. A container deposit scheme to reduce litter and boost recycling is set to start in early 2020.

     

    The metropolitan single-use plastics workshops will be held in Perth, Cockburn and Joondalup; and regionally in Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Karratha, Port Hedland and Broome.

     

    Register for a workshop online or by phoning (08) 9271 7166. The issues paper and online survey are available on DWER's website.

     

    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "I encourage Western Australians concerned about the environmental impacts of plastic to attend the workshops and help us with practical ways to avoid single-use plastics and reduce plastic waste.

     

    "Single-use plastic products and packaging are commonly littered and have harmful impacts on our environment and wildlife.

     

    "There are lots of ways we can avoid or minimise our use of plastics.

     

    "We are keen to hear the community's ideas around how we go about changing our behaviour to reduce our single-use plastics and packaging."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5800

     

    Single-use plastics workshops

     

    LocationDateVenueAddressTime
    Regional
    BunburyThursday, May 23City of Bunbury Function RoomWittenoom Street, Bunbury6pm-8pm
    AlbanyTuesday, May 28Centennial Stadium156 Lockyer Avenue, Centennial Park6pm-8pm
    KarrathaTuesday, June 11Welcome Lotteries House7 Morse Court, Karratha6pm-8pm
    Port HedlandThursday, June 13 Wanangkura Stadium, Jimblebar Function RoomHamilton Road,
    South Hedland
    6pm-8pm
    BroomeWednesday, June 19Broome Lotteries HouseLot 642 Cable Beach Road, Broome6pm-8pm
    KalgoorlieWednesday, June 26Goldfields Arts Centre, Function Room35 Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie6pm-8pm
    GeraldtonWednesday, July 3Geraldton Multipurpose Centre, Function Room250 Marine Terrace,
    Geraldton
    6pm-8pm
    Metropolitan
    CockburnMonday, May 20 Cockburn Bowling and Recreational Club, Function Room40 Birchley Road, Yangebup6pm-8pm
    PerthTuesday, June 4Burswood on Swan1 Camfield Drive, Burswood6pm-8pm
    JoondalupMonday, July 8Prime House8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup1.30pm-3.30pm