Council proposal to phase out plastic bags

Mayor Carol Sparks hopes this initiative encourages local businesses and the community to cease using single-use plastic bags.
Mayor Carol Sparks hopes this initiative encourages local businesses and the community to cease using single-use plastic bags.

Council has a plan to stop using plastic bags.

The proposed policy plans to phase out single-use plastic bags and products across all council operations.

The purpose of this policy is to eliminate the use of single-use plastics from council operations, facilities and buildings and eliminate the use of single-use plastics at events held in council facilities or on council lands and promote re-use and waste avoidance principles.

By doing this, the council said it was taking leadership in phasing out the use of single-use plastic within the community.

"The policy helps to reduce plastic litter and waste problems and helps to improve the amenity of the beautiful parks and open spaces in and around Glen Innes," Mayor Carol Sparks said.

"Council hopes this initiative has a flow-on effect in encouraging local businesses and the community to implement a similar practice of ceasing to use single use plastics."

Glen Innes Severn Council endorsed the Draft Phasing Out Single Use Plastic Policy at its monthly meeting in March, and it is now on public exhibition until Thursday, April 29.

The report to council recommended that a transition period of six months be applied to enable staff to engage and procure alternative options to single use plastic products.

As well, a 12-month education period, from the commencement date of the policy, will be applied to encourage non-council event organisers and mobile vendors to adopt the policy requirements.

"Environmentally, this policy fits in with council's emphasis on the Local Government Area's healthy lifestyle and wellbeing, in that it enhances a clean, green and healthy place in which to live and work," Council's general manager, Craig Bennett, said.

"It assists in reducing the amount of waste going into landfill, reduces pollution and contributes to reducing carbon emissions."

Council encourages residents to make submissions on this policy.

To make submissions go to the Public Exhibitions column on the council's website home page or you can collect a form at the Glen Innes Town Hall, Church Street offices, the library, or the village post offices.

The deadline for submissions is 4.30pm on Thursday, April 29.