Bayside Council's WARR strategy against plastic

Bayside Council will look at the cost of phasing out where possible single-use plastics across all council departments and operations.

This would include plastic bags, non-recyclable packaging, single-use plastic drink bottles, plastic straws, plates and cutlery.

Last year, Georges River Council slapped an immediate ban on the use of single-use plastic straws and bags at council-owned venues and at future council-run functions and events.

Not welcome: Bayside Council will look at the cost of phasing out single-use plastic drink bottles, plastic straws, plates and cutlery and council departments and operations.

Not welcome: Bayside Council will look at the cost of phasing out single-use plastic drink bottles, plastic straws, plates and cutlery and council departments and operations.

Now Bayside Council is looking taking a similar move with a report on the cost of phasing out single-use plastic will go to the council later this year for a final decision.

A Notice of Motion was submitted at this week's council meeting by councillors Dorothy Rapisardi, Andrew Tsounis, James Macdonald and Vicki Poulos calling for the report.

"Bayside Council's Waste Avoidance and Waste Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2030 has identified that a reduction in the use of single-use plastics is among the primary actions that we as a community can take to protect the health of our waterways and support Bayside's journey to a circular economy," the councillors said in their statement supporting their Notice of Motion.

"As part of Bayside's WARR Strategy, Community Recycling Drop Off Events have been operating fortnightly, alternating between the Botany and Bexley Depots.

"Residents have responded enthusiastically to these events, which have continued to expand and accept more materials as the program and waste education evolved over time.

"This demonstrates to Council a real desire by residents to cultivate environmentally and ecologically responsible attitudes to waste.

"This motion aims to promote Council's WARR strategy and build on the growing community awareness of the dangers associated with single-use, petroleum-based materials."

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