Workshops for ideas to reduce single-use plastics

  • 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.

    As stated by 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.”

    Single-use plastics workshops

    Location Date Venue Address Time
    Bunbury Thursday, May 23 City of Bunbury Function Room Wittenoom Street, Bunbury 6pm-8pm
    Albany Tuesday, May 28 Centennial Stadium 156 Lockyer Avenue, Centennial Park 6pm-8pm
    Karratha Tuesday, June 11 Welcome Lotteries House 7 Morse Court, Karratha 6pm-8pm
    Port Hedland Thursday, June 13 Wanangkura Stadium, Jimblebar Function Room Hamilton Road,

    South Hedland

    Broome Wednesday, June 19 Broome Lotteries House Lot 642 Cable Beach Road, Broome 6pm-8pm
    Kalgoorlie Wednesday, June 26 Goldfields Arts Centre, Function Room 35 Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie 6pm-8pm
    Geraldton Wednesday, July 3 Geraldton Multipurpose Centre, Function Room 250 Marine Terrace,


    Cockburn Monday, May 20 Cockburn Bowling and Recreational Club, Function Room 40 Birchley Road, Yangebup 6pm-8pm
    Perth Tuesday, June 4 Burswood on Swan 1 Camfield Drive, Burswood 6pm-8pm
    Joondalup Monday, July 8 Prime House 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup 1.30pm-3.30pm

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