Turn the tide on plastic

Community members sorting through plastics collected on theIn May 2019, Council endorsed a Single Use Plastics and Balloons Policy, along with a unique guideline which provides detailed information to assist in making the switch away from single use plastics. The policy provides controls that minimise the adverse impacts of these disposable materials on the environment, and particularly marine wildlife.

​The policy requires that single use plastic items be substituted with compostable or reusable alternatives and applies to all City operations, traders operating with a permit issued by the City and events held in public places, where approval is required by the City. Compliance with the policy is required as a condition of approval for all new trading permits.

​Implementation of this policy is an important part of our ongoing commitment to a sustainable environment and will ensure the City continues to be a place "where the coast comes to life".

WA Plastics Ban

As part of Western Australia's Plan for Plastics, the State Government is helping reduce plastic pollution by phasing out a number of single-use plastic items. The State ban applies to the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic items and will be completed in two stages. The first stage of the plan will be conducted in two parts, with bans enforced from 1 July 2022. Stage 1 and enforcement dates are listed below.

Banned as of 1 July 2022:

  • all plastic shopping bags with handles
  • disposable plastic utensils - straws, stirrers and cutlery
  • disposable plastic foodware without lids - plates, bowls and food containers
  • expanded polystyrene food containers and trays and
  • balloon releases.

Banned as of 1 October 2022:

  • disposable plastic cups for cold drinks.

Stage 2 of the WA Plan for Plastics comes into effect on 27 February 2023, with a number of single-use plastic items to be phased out between September 2023 and July 2025. The Stage 2 regulations will include:

Banned as of 1 September 2023:

  • cotton buds with plastic stems
  • microbeads
  • expanded polystyrene packaging (loose)
  • expanded polystyrene cups and trays for raw meat and seafood and
  • degradable plastics.

Banned as of 1 March 2024:

  • coffee cups and all disposable plastic cup lids and
  • trays for takeaway food not covered in Stage 1 ban.

Banned as of 1 September 2024:

  • produce bags
  • lids for bowls, trays, plates and takeaway food containers.

Banned as of 1 July 2025:

  • expanded polystyrene packaging (moulded).

If you have any questions about the ban, community organisations and members of the public can get in contact with Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) at plastic-action@dwer.wa.gov.au or call (08) 6364 7000. You can register for updates on the second phase of the WA Plastics Ban.

Green Award 2024

Are you a local community group, business, school or individual who has been involved in an innovative waste reduction project?

For this first time, we are introducing a Green Award to recognise local action on the elimination of waste and improved sustainable practices.

Submissions will be judged on the following three criteria:

  • Impact - Provide a description of how the project has resulted in waste elimination in the community.
  • Purpose - Provide a description of how the project originated and the reasons why it was established.
  • Innovation - Provide a description of how the project seeks to improve on existing initiatives/policy.

Submissions will open on Monday 15 July 2024. Please register using the link below to be updated when submissions open.

Register for updates for our Green Award 2024


Plastic Free Living

During July, the City focuses on promotion of elimination of plastic waste within the community through plastic free living.

We've got a number of new initiatives planned coming in July 2024. Check back on this page for updates shortly.

Workshops hosted at our libraries can be viewed using the link below. 

Find a 'Plastic Free' Workshop

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