The Minister for the Environment, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, has recently launched the Let’s not draw the short straw – reduce single-use plastics issues paper. The McGowan Government understands that many in Western Australia are concerned about single-use plastics and the Minister is interested in hearing views from the community on further actions to reduce their use.
The Government has already taken actions to reduce single-use plastics with the ban on the supply of lightweight plastic bags from 1 July 2018, a container deposit scheme due to commence in early 2020 and has issued a Premier’s Circular instructing government agencies to avoid purchasing single-use plastic items.
You and your community are invited to respond to a survey or provide a written submission to share your views on options to reduce single-use plastics. The 12-week public consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 12 July 2019.
Workshops will be held in Perth and regional areas in May, June and July. Information on dates, locations and how to register is available on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s website: https://www.dwer.wa.gov.au/single-use-plastic-issues-paper or download here.
I encourage you to support this initiative by sharing this information. To make this easier, download social and web media tiles and accompanying text so that it can be shared by you using these platforms. Further social media content will be provided on the Department’s website for each workshop closer to their date.
Thank you for supporting efforts to improve the Western Australian environment.
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