Single-use plastic promotional material used during political elections to be banned in WA

Environment Minister Reece Whitby. PIC: Facebook

Western Australia will become the first State to ban single-use plastic promotional material in outdoor settings.

The ban, which will come into effect from March 2024, will apply to material used for promotional purposes such as political elections and retail signage.

It only relates to the purchase or use of the material outdoors for less than 48 hours.

Safety bunting like police tape or long-term signage is not included in the ban, as well as the indoor use of plastic promotional film.

WA's Plan for Plastics has phased out 18 items, saving more than 1.1 million single-use plastics from landfill or litter across the State each year.

During last year's Federal Election WA's major political parties each used up to 1000 rolls or 50kms of single-use plastic promotional film.

Alternatives include corflute, re-usable cloth banners and signs, wood pulp lined board and online promotional material.

Retailers and suppliers not making any plans or effort to transition and deliberately continuing to supply banned items could face fines up to $5,000 for an individual or up to $25,000 for a body corporate.

"I'm proud our State continues to lead the way in tackling plastic waste. We want to ensure Western Australia sets the benchmark in encouraging environmentally friendly alternatives," Environment Minister Reece Whitby said.

"Political bunting is not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to break down. We need to reduce unnecessary waste that is only used for the short-term.

"This is the next step in our journey to become a more sustainable State. It's about creating positive behavioural changes that together make a big difference."

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