Sunshine Coast Council will investigate phasing out the use of single-use plastic items at council-run events and in the organisation’s operations.
Councillors today (June 16) endorsed council staff to look at replacement options with a report on the most effective ways to progress with a phase out to be presented at a future council meeting.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said plastic waste posed a significant threat to the local environment.
“For many years now, council has been proactively working with the community to address the impacts of plastic on our natural environment,” Cr McKay said.
“From beach clean-up initiatives, to data collection and awareness campaigns, through to actively reducing plastic bottles and cups at the Caloundra Music Festival and banning the use of helium balloons, council has continued to
strive to reduce the amount of plastic waste in our environment.
“We are proud to have worked with innovative, passionate local businesses, community organisations and volunteer groups who are incredibly supportive of our efforts to reduce the amount of single-use plastics we use.
“I acknowledge that there are many councils across Queensland that are phasing out items such as plastic bottles and straws at events, but I also understand that there are operational, financial and regulatory implications which need to be considered.”