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Brisbane City Council to ban plastic straws

Brisbane City Council has committed to banning plastic straws, single-use plastic bottles and helium balloons less than two weeks after they ruled out implementing a ban.

Globally there is a movement to ban the use of “single-use plastic drinking straws” with many cities and communities currently debating the implementation of such a ban. Brisbane City Council has passed its legislation committing them to banning the use of such straws and other items at Council Events.

This is a significant step and is in keeping with the global emergence of Sustainability Initiatives. The emerging understanding of the environmental and community effects of such items is impacting at many levels, including Wetherspoon in UK and San Francisco City Council in USA.

Pub chain Wetherspoon is to stop using plastic straws in a new attack on pollution. The move by the company, which has 900 pubs across the UK and Ireland, will stop some 70million single-use plastic straws being thrown away each year.

In San Francisco, plastic drinking straws could soon be going the way of non-reusable shopping bags and Styrofoam containers — that is to say, strictly prohibited within city limits.

The movement reflects emerging community expectations and a growing awareness of the benefits of global sustainability initiatives.

Follow-up:

On a very warm and sunny, Saturday 2 June 2018 – Brisbane – the “Sweet as” Festival was held at Musgrave Park and attracted a large audience.

It was also one of the first public events/festivals held since the introduction of the ban on plastic straws and other throw-away plastic utensils. Did the ban on plastics affect the public enjoyment of the event – Didn’t appear to – but it did affect the amount of plastic waste generated.

So now, it will interesting to see the next sustainable issue that is enacted, including the recent progressive abolition of free plastic shopping bags and refundable deposits on cans and bottles. It seems the general public is willing to change habits (and in some cases on the refund on cans and bottles – a return to the old fashion ways from decades ago).

 

 

 

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