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CHARGING FOR PLASTIC BAGS A SUCCESSFUL COMPROMISE

Posted in environment, fremantle, plastic, seafarers, western australia by freoview on July 31, 2016

The Town of East Fremantle is trying to ban the use of plastic shopping bags, what the City of Fremantle unsuccessfully tried twice and was refused to implement by the WA government, so maybe a more achievable compromise would be to demand that retailers charge a fee for plastic bags, as they have done successfully in the United Kingdom according to The Guardian.

I quote a section of The Guardian’s recent article below:

# The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October.

# More than 7 billion bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge, but this figure plummeted to slightly more than 500 million in the first six months after the charge was introduced, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

# The data is the government’s first official assessment of the impact of the charge, which was introduced to help reduce litter and protect wildlife.

# The charge has also triggered donations of more than £29m from retailers towards good causes including charities and community groups, according to Defra. England was the last part of the UK to adopt the 5p levy, after successful schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Good to see charging for the plastic bags did not become another profit making exercise but that the money was donated to good causes.

Unlike  retailers such as IGA and Peaches in Fremantle the big supermarkets do not offer cardboard boxes as an alternative to plastic shopping bags, and that also needs to be encouraged as it is a good way to recycle the boxes the goods arrive in at the shops.

Roel Loopers

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DUTCH HISTORY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, history, seafarers, western australia by freoview on May 23, 2016

 

I haven’t been to the Fremantle Shipwreck Galleries museum for yonkers, so after eating far too many Dutch beef croquettes the last week I decided to go and have another look.

It is a very impressive little museum that tells the story of the first Dutch seafarers who explored the west and east coast of Australia in the 1600s, about 200 years before the English and French did.

The story of the ship Batavia and the mutiny is fascinating, as are the stories of the other tiny ships that sailed all the way from Europe to trade, pirate and rob.

Put the museum on your to do list when you have visitors from interstate or overseas or spend a nice relaxing hour reading up on the intriguing history.

Roel Loopers

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