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Western Australia's First City Is Expected To Ban Disposable Plastic Bags After Six Months

- Jan 17, 2018 -

According to foreign media reports, Western Australia East Fremantle (East Fremantle) will be Western Australia's first banned shops to provide disposable plastic bags local government.

It is reported that the East Fremantle municipal government voted to ban plastic bags. Because the Western Australian government before the election advocated that local governments ban plastic bags on their own legislation, if the state government to fulfill its commitments, East Fremantle will ban the use of disposable plastic bags after six months.

Following the East Fremantle city, many other cities are also considering the introduction of this ban. This means that at the end of this year, supermarkets in the East Fremantle and Fremantle districts will no longer offer disposable plastic bags for free, but the Melville supermarket in the neighborhood will be available for free.

Prior to that, Mayor Fremantle had twice introduced a ban on plastic bags, but was opposed by the then Liberal state government.

A survey by the Western Australian Local Government Association found that 27 local governments in Western Australia opposed the ban on plastic bags in the local legislation and 32 local governments supported the statewide ban.

Stephen Dawson, director of the Western Australian Department of the Environment, said recently that it would explore the possibility of banning plastic bags across the state. This ban has been implemented in South Australia, the capital city and the Northern Territory.