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2 months ago in Media release , Council , Sustainability
(30/11/2018) Sustainable Events policy rules out single-use plastics

Single-use plastics will be banned from City of Fremantle run events under a new Sustainable Events policy adopted by the Fremantle Council.

The policy excludes the provision, use, distribution or sale of single-use plastics including straws, cutlery, bottles, cups, plates, containers, bags and cling-wrap at all events produced by the City – such as the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival and One Day in Fremantle.

Single-use plastic straws will also be banned from events organised by third parties that require City of Fremantle approval, such as Winterworld, the Long Table Dinner and Falls Festival.

Other single-use plastics will not be banned from third party events, but organisers will be encouraged not to use them.

Bioplastics made from 100 per cent plant material that are certified as compostable according to Australian standards will be permitted.

The new policy also bans the use of balloons and confetti, as well as polystyrene and Styrofoam food containers.

Event organisers must also provide an easily accessible alternative to bottled water which allows patrons to refill their own water bottles at no charge.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the new policy was delivering on the City’s One Planet commitments to reduce waste, promote recycling and protect the environment.

“The impact of plastic in our environment is well documented, with some studies suggesting that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“When plastic escapes into the environment it can cause great harm to wildlife that can ingest it or become entangled in it.

“There are lots of plant-based alternatives available - like bamboo, paper or bioplastics – that generate far fewer carbon emissions in production and are also compostable so they produce less waste.” 

The Sustainable Events policy also includes requirements for providing paired and labelled general waste and recycling bins, restricting promotional materials and decorations to those that can be re-used or recycled, promoting walking, riding and public transport options and providing adequate bike parking at large events.    

Variations to the policy may be sought for health and safety reasons or where there is no other practical alternative available.