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Posted in city of fremantle, environment, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2017

Fremantle Council decided last night to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. This is the third time in five years Council is giving it a try as the previous W.A. Liberal/National government rejected the proposal in 2012 and 2015, but the new Labor government have indicated they would support local councils banning non-degradable plastic shopping bags.

Already other councils have started the same process and Councillor Doug Thompson said that a survey showed that 32 councils support banning the environment-damaging bags.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton pointed out that it was about the material of the bags and that degradable bags could still be supplied to customers.

Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge said Council should campaign for the general reduction of the use of plastic as it was extensively used. She is right. Single pieces of fruit and vegetables are offered on trays wrapped in plastic by supermarkets, which is not only wasteful but also damaging to the environment.

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  1. bigjulie said, on April 28, 2017 at 8:32 am

    another option would be for the shopper to unload their bags at home and collect them to return them to a fenestrated 160 mm plumber’s white cylinder next to the check-out to be re-used. Yes, it would require intelligent co-operation to not return ripped or soiled bags, but most of mine are perfectly clean unless the soy, honey, Jim Beam, marajawa.. something ..deteriorates or leaks. You are concerned about picking up someone’s bug? Well, you did push the trolley eh wot?

  2. Rob Fittock said, on April 28, 2017 at 7:33 am

    theft is one of the reasons small items have hard core wrappers to bulk them up and its also good marketing and handling….may I suggest a good sharp pair of scissors are kept handy to attack what bigjulie colourfully describes as a sarcophagi and throw the remnants of the sarcophagi into the recycling bin

    on the main issue….it is good to see Council having another crack at banning the every day nasty destructive plastic bag but it’s also up to people to refuse to use them if they have their easy carry reusable bags….or grab an empty cardboard box at Bunnings as you may have noticed they don’t supply plastic bags just those small items entombed in the little sarcophagi

    People need to take the fight up to the recalcitrant stores….People Power seems to work at times

  3. freoview said, on April 27, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Yes they are a pain and I don’t know why they are used.


  4. bigjulie said, on April 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

    My greatest fear is the heavy duty heat welded clear thick plastic wrapper around hardware items which require either a 4 foot bolt cutter or the sharpest kitchen knife to gain entry. This task takes me about 5 minutes of mortal fear of stabbing myself should the blade deflect or worse, exit more rapidly than anticipated. Can one buy a Mini Chain Saw in Fremantle or, if not, I shall resolve to just ask the shop’s till-person to remove the item from its thick plastic Kryptonite entombment? Plastic bags are small fry compared to these sarcophagi.

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