Randwick Council Green Mayor Lindsay Shurey bans single use plastics – 27th June 2018

DISCLAIMER – the following is a Randwick City Council Media Release

Boomerang Alliance is campaigning to ban plastic bags in NSW following WA’s recent ban.

Single use plastics such as plastic bags, drink bottles and drinking straws will be banned from all Randwick City Council operations and events commencing 1 July 2018, Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey announced today.

The decision from the Council Meeting of 26 June 2018 is inline with a world-wide movement to decrease plastic usage to reduce plastics pollution and micro plastics entering the food stream.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the Council unanimously approved the ban which is consistent with current Council practices to reduce single use plastics.

“Randwick Council is leading by example and making a statement that we all need to reduce our reliance on single use plastics.

“A total of 3.5 million tonnes of plastics were consumed in Australia last financial year and only 12 per cent was recycled meaning most ends up in landfill or worse in our oceans and natural environment,” Mayor Shurey said.

“We’ve all seen the distressing images of animals with their digestion system clogged with plastics and the drifting continents of plastic rubbish accumulating in our oceans. Our decision is a small step in the right direction,” Mayor Shurey said.

In addition to banning single-use plastics as part of Council operations, organisers of Council-supported events, festivals and major activities would also be required from 1 January 2019 to not use single-use plastics. Exemptions would apply for emergency situations where single-use bottled water may be required because of excessive temperatures.

Randwick Council will also develop a waste education program to assist and encourage local businesses and community groups to reduce single use plastics.

Plastics . . . did you know?

  • It is estimated humans buy one million plastic bottles every minute.
  • 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year.
  • Half a million plastic straws are used worldwide every day.
  • 500 billion disposable cups are used every year.
  • Plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to break down

Sources: 2016-17 Australian Plastics Recycling Survey (APRS) and Earth Day 2018

For more information, please visit www.randwick.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 722 542.

Boomerang Alliance is campaigning to ban plastic bags in NSW following WA’s recent ban.

Further media: Randwick Council bans single-use plastic after Senate decision

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