Town Gets Ready for Plastic Bag Ban

The State Government ban on lightweight/single use plastic bags commences across Western Australia on 1 July 2018.

To help our residents get ready for the ban, the Town of East Fremantle has sponsored the East Fremantle Junior Football Club to deliver a Town branded calico bag to each household in the Town during June.

The Town started the process to ban plastic bags in 2004 with a draft strategy to promote a Plastic Bag Free Town of East Fremantle. 

Then in May last year, Town of East Fremantle unanimously agreed to adopt a Local Law prohibiting retailers from providing single use plastic shopping bags to customers.  Unfortunately, the local law was disallowed, however the incoming  WA state government announced they would ban the  use of lightweight/single use bags across the State as of 1 July 2018.

Subsequently, in anticipation of the adoption of our proposed local law, the Town had purchased calico bags and had the new logo embellished on them. The idea being to provide at least one to each household to help to prepare residents for the move away from single use plastic bags.

Following a shout out for expressions of interest to our community and sporting groups, the East Fremantle Junior Football Club were selected to deliver the bags.  Funds set aside by the Town for delivery costs will be used by the club to fund a trip to Melbourne for their Year 6 football teams.

Many retailers have already commenced the ban on using single use plastic bags and the Town hopes that the supply of the calico bags helps residents prepare to be more sustainable in the long term.   

Nationally, South Australia, the ACT and the Northern Territory have all banned shops from selling or giving away lightweight single use plastic bags. Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales are working on a joint approach to banning single use bags.