Sustainable Materials, Products and Food

WA Ban on Lightweight Plastic Bags

From 1 July 2018, it will be prohibited for retailers in WA to supply lightweight plastic bags with handles, 35 microns thick or less, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic bags. There are loads of options available to shoppers to replace plastic bags, including cardboard boxes, reusable bags (eg. hessian, cotton) and baskets.

All the details on the bag ban, including a full list of plastic bag alternatives, can be found on

the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s website www.whatsyourbagplan.wa.gov.au

Support for retailers can be found on the National Retail Association’s website at www.bagbanwa.com.au

Plastic Free July

As a global movement, Plastic Free July helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Choosing to reuse, refuse single-use plastic, and close the loop on waste are all ways we can be responsible for our own impact. 

Positive action to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle is in line with the Shire's recently endorsed Sustainability Strategy and associated Action Plan key principles of Sustainable Materials & Products, and Zero Waste.

The WA state government in June 2021 announced it will be fast-tracking its single-use plastics bans by four years. The state's Plan for Plastics will be delivered by the end of 2022 instead of 2026 as originally planned. "We're very determined to phase out as much plastic as we possibly can," WA Premier Mark McGowan said. Plastic plates, bowls, cups, cutlery and takeaway polystyrene food containers will be banned in the state by the end of this year. Bans on plastic-lined coffee cups and lids, produce bags and microbeads have also been brought forward to the end of 2022. "If it can't be reused or recycled it shouldn't be made, and that's what we want to move to in Western Australia," WA Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said.

Plastic Free Reduction, a local Denmark community action group, has taken positive action to reduce plastic use in our town. Watch the video The Power of Passion here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a_N9E1TCmMI  Or visit their website on: https://www.facebook.com/plasticfreedenmark

Please find attached tips on how you as an individual can personally make a difference! And if you think you are too small to make a difference – you have never spent the night with a mosquito!