Ordinary Council Meeting
17 July 2017
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2. Phasing Out of Plastic Bags............................................................................. 4
Record No: SU6188 - 40732/17
Division: Lane Cove Council
Author(s): Councillor Deborah Hutchens
Plastic pollution is a major waste problem in NSW.
More than 6 billion plastic bags are handed out at the checkout every year. Less than 4% are recycled. An estimated 50 million of these bags enter the environment, blown from bins or landfill, and often end up polluting waters and the ocean.
This month marks Plastic Free July. On behalf of Lane Cove Council, we congratulate supermarket chains, Woolworths, Coles and Aldi on their recent announcement that they would be phasing out the use of free plastic bags across NSW Qld Victoria and WA to join the other States, SA, NT and ACT who have already legislated their removal over the next 12 months.
Lane Cove was the first Council to start a petition on banning single use plastic bags and introduce a very successful bagshare scheme.
This announcement by large retail groups on the banning has been welcomed by environmental groups such as Clean Up Australia, Greenpeace etc. as the long term impact on the environment is causing damage and pollution to our waterways and destroying natural habitat.
Council has shown its support for reducing the use of plastic bags through its partnership with the local Sustainability Action Group who have developed a number of initiatives to encourage our community to reduce their reliance on plastic bags.
I encourage the two large supermarkets to improve on their commitment to this 12 month timeline and as Mayor of Lane Cove I welcome the opportunity for our community to be early adopters of any changes that help to hasten the phasing out of the bags.
In the meantime I encourage everyone to continue to support the local BagShare initiative and for those who can lend a hand, consider joining the first sewing bee for Boomerang Bags on Thursday 10 August. There are some flyers in the chamber and more details on Council's website.
1. Council write to Woolworths and Coles congratulating them on their decision, and offering to assist with the early phasing out of plastic bags in Lane Cove.
2. Council investigate and report back on expanding our current bag share program.
3. Council write to Minister for the Environment, Gabriel Upton MP, and NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and request for a national ban on single use plastic bags.
Councillor Deborah Hutchens
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