It’s third time lucky for Fremantle as council this week agreed to try again to introduce a local law which seeks to bans single use plastic bags being offered to shoppers within the City of Fremantle.
The innovative local law was frustratingly disallowed by State Parliament in 2012 and 2015 but a new state government has opened up a new new opportunity for the law to become a reality.
Other local governments in WA have adopted identical local laws and the City sees this as providing momentum for a statewide ban in the near future, just as South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have done and Queensland are in the process of doing.
It’s estimated up to 6 billion plastic bags are used in Australia every year. Many of these find their way to landfill or worse, into our oceans and rivers causing massive damage to wildlife.