District Council of Yankalilla to rid region of single use plastics

WAR ON PLASTICS: District Council of Yankalilla Mayor Glen Rowlands and CEO Nigel Morris.
WAR ON PLASTICS: District Council of Yankalilla Mayor Glen Rowlands and CEO Nigel Morris.

The District Council of Yankalilla is striving to protect the environment by making a move to ban single use plastics in its region.

At its July council meeting Mayor Glen Rowlands led the way by moving that the Chief Executive work with the Normanville Natural Resource Centre, Green Industries Australia and the State Minister for the Environment to encourage the banning of single use plastics in the district.

The Mayor had unanimous support from his elected members.

The move by the Yankalilla Council backs proposed legislation by the State Government to ban a range of single-use plastics in South Australia. They include products including plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers with items

'Turning the Tide on Single Use Plastics: The Next Steps' outlines how the ban would see certain products including plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers being banned first. A range of other products such as takeaway polystyrene containers and cups will be considered for future intervention following further consultation.

To help inform the development of the legislation, a stakeholder taskforce will be established comprising representatives of selected business, industry, local government and interest groups to ensure that impacts are mitigated and appropriate time is given for transition.

The District Council of Yankalilla will promote compostable products and write to the Minister for the Environment detailing its support of the proposed legislation 'Banning Single Use Plastics' and requesting that Mr Rowlands be considered for the State Government stakeholder taskforce to be established in the development of the new legislation to ban Single Use Plastics.

"We will be encouraging the Minister to introduce legislation to have compostable products clearly identified to ensure the correct recycling treatment of the product.and to have the ability to expiate for consistent poor waste management practices," Mr Rowlands said.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said a discussion paper earlier this year received strong feedback from South Australians keen to see action on single-use plastics.

"It is clear from the more than 3500 submissions that there is significant community and industry support for increased measures to address a range of single-use plastic products and other items," Mr Speirs said.

"Nearly 99 per cent of respondents recognised the environmental problems associated with single use plastics and nearly 97 per cent supported government intervention. The community has called for swift action on single-use plastic products.

The draft legislation for further public consultation will be released later this year with the intention to introduce it to the Parliament in 2020.

"The government is committed to working with the community and stakeholders to address the impacts of single-use plastic products in South Australia."