Sustainable Materials, Products and Food

Plastic found between Ocean Beach and Prawn Rock Channel during volunteer litter collection.

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!

Plastic Reduction - Sustainable Events Bunting

Thanks to Plastic Reduction Denmark (PRD) and local school students, our township is decked in environmentally-friendly bunting to replace the deteriorating tinsel that usually adorns Strickland Street over the festive season. Spirit of Play, Denmark Primary School, Golden Hill Steiner School and Denmark Senior High School were invited by Karen Andersson to take part in the project, with the schools enthusiastically incorporating bunting making into their art classes. Students were encouraged to unleash their creativity, decorating the flags however they liked and making themed bunting for different events held throughout the year.

Members of PRD helped to sew the flags together which totalled 67 metres, the project prompting conversation about plastic pollution and plastic alternatives. Ms Andersson said that the project opened up learning opportunities for teachers and students about plastic reduction and gave students a sense of achievement, pride and connection. “Students can see their work and that of their peers displayed in the centre of town and it becomes a fun activity to spot where theirs is hanging,” she said. Businesses were also given Christmas bunting to hang outside their shops which they can keep and can return to PRD for repair as they age.

Shire of Denmark Chief Executive Officer David Schober said the work Plastic Reduction Denmark is doing in the community should be celebrated. “When Karen first got in touch to see if the Shire would reduce the amount of tinsel used for public Christmas decorations by opting for community-made, plastic-free bunting – it was a no brainer,” Mr Schober said. “The volunteers behind Plastic Reduction Denmark are leading a fantastic community project and I look forward to seeing how this colourful and creative project grows into the future.” Mr Schober was also pleased to say that the Shire has committed to halt the purchase of replacement tinsel and other plastic Christmas decorations going forward. “We can’t wait to see more and more festive bunting decorating our town in the years ahead.”

Media Release Published Thursday 16th December 2021.

Photo: Plastic Reduction Denmark with Environmentally Friendly Festive Bunting

The production and use of environmentally-friendly sustainable bunting by local community organisation Plastic Reduction Denmark is aligned with the Shire of Denmark Sustainable Events Policy P100516 and the Shire of Denmark Sustainability Strategy (2021-2031) Key Principle 8: Sustainable Materials & Products aim to have a limited negative impact on people and natural resources and do not deplete or degrade the environment and Objective 8.4 Encourage the community to embrace the notion of re-use materials rather than purchase of new materials.

Get in touch with Plastic Reduction Denmark https://bit.ly/3IQP6Hy

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

WA Plan for Plastics

WA single use plastics phase-out plan has begun in 2022.

Please click here for the latest information on WA Plan for Plastics.