(13/6/2018) Cleaner environment is in the bag
The City of Fremantle is giving away reusable shopping bags as the countdown to WA’s plastic bag ban continues.
The ban on lightweight, single-use plastic bags will come into effect on 1 July, bringing WA into line with similar bans in South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fremantle was proud to have led the fight for a plastic bag ban in Western Australia.
“The people of Fremantle, including the Chamber of Commerce and local retailers, had been pushing for a ban on plastic bags for more than five years,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“Through the City’s One Planet Strategy we are committed to protecting biodiversity and wildlife, reducing carbon emissions and using sustainable materials.
“Australians still use over four billion plastic bags a year – all of them made from non–renewable fossil fuels. They can take hundreds of years to break down and can have a devastating impact on marine life and birds.
“Twice we introduced a local law to ban businesses from providing single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags to customers, and both times the measure was blocked in State Parliament.
“Now the ban is a reality, it’s fitting for the City to give away reusable bags to help people with the transition away from plastic.”
The City of Fremantle’s reusable bags will be available for free from the Fremantle Visitor Centre at the Town Hall and at reception at the City’s administration building at Fremantle Oval. Stocks are limited.
The City’s position on plastic bags evolved from a strong community campaign, including a petition with over 1000 signatures requesting the removal of plastic bags from the city.
The original local law was disallowed in the Legislative Council in 2013 and a revised law was again disallowed in 2015. The City was making its third attempt at introducing a plastic bag ban when the new state government announced a statewide ban last year.
Plastic bags will also be banned in Queensland from 1 July, and Victoria has announced its intention to introduce a ban.
To mark the introduction of the plastic bag ban, the City of Fremantle is hosting two free screenings of the award-winning 2010 documentary film Bag It.
The first is at 3pm on Sunday 1 July at The Meeting Place, 245 South Terrace. Bookings are essential. The second is at 12:30pm on Wednesday 4 July at the Fremantle Library at Fremantle Oval.
For more information on the film screenings click here.