One Step Closer To Becoming Plastic-Free

Image via  Boomerang Bags

Image via Boomerang Bags

The Northern Beaches is one step closer to becoming plastic-free with two new policies that will drastically reduce single-use plastics across the peninsula.

Council Administrator Dick Persson AM said that Council had taken the lead on the plastics issue and prepared the policy in response to a call from the community.

“Protecting our natural and marine environment from plastic pollution, and safeguarding the future state of the Northern Beaches is a huge priority for Council,” said Mr Persson.

The two new policies are detailed below:

  1. The Waste Minimisation at Functions and Events Policy requires all event organisers to promote and practice waste avoidance principals and increase resource recovery at all public events held on Council property. 
  2. The Single Use Plastics Policy encourages responsible procurement and consumption practices within Council and the community and boosts capacity to drive policy change at all levels of government. Both were adopted at Tuesday’s meeting.

Council’s policy was on public exhibition between 5 July and 3 August and was met with a positive reaction from the community, with 85 per cent saying they supported it. Supporters want to see a ban on plastic bags, as well as fines, incentives and alternatives on offer across the Northern Beaches.

Council is also supporting community initiatives to eliminate plastic bags from the Northern Beaches including SO Manly and Boomerang bags.