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.
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
|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,|
|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|