Warrnambool City Council is seeking public comment on its draft waste management strategy and couold go plastic bag free

WARRNAMBOOL City Council is seeking public comment on an idea to make the city plastic bag-free.

Mayor Kylie Gaston said a range of proposals in draft waste management strategy included containing litter through improved equipment, education and enforcement, working with the community to advocate for Warrnambool to be a plastic bag-free city and tackling illegal rubbish dumping.

WCC councillor Peter Hulin pictured with his collection of reusable bags from around the world. Picture: Amy Paton

WCC councillor Peter Hulin pictured with his collection of reusable bags from around the world. Picture: Amy Paton

“The strategy will also help inform the next kerbside collection service and contract which will be advertised by public tender next year,” she said.

“The collection service could include a food organics and green organics collection which an increasing number of councils across Victoria are offering.”

A green waste trial was outlined in the council’s draft plan for 2017-2021

Councillor Peter Hulin previously called for Warrnambool and the state to ban the bags. He said he had seen bad practices across the country in regards to waste, but it couldn’t continue. 

“We can create a healthier environment and city with our actions,” he said.

The strategy reports the council strongly support the reduction of the use of plastic bags.

“Warrnambool becoming plastic bag-free has recently become an attainable goal for the city with the two large supermarket chains committing to phase out single use plastic bags over a 12-month period,” it says.

Visit www.yoursaywarrnambool.com.au to have your say on the draft plan.

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