Hobart leads the way on single-use plastics

THREE years after the City of Hobart became Australia’s first jurisdiction to implement a ban on single-use plastics, most takeaway food packaging in the city is now compostable.

And now other parts of Australia are starting to catch up, with the City of Hobart welcoming recent decisions by the ACT and Western Australia to enact similar bans.

“The City of Hobart saw that the ACT and Western Australia have both implemented bans on single-use plastic, coming into effect at the beginning of this month,” Hobart Councillor Bill Harvey said.

“As the first jurisdiction to actually take this step, we wanted to say welcome to the party.”

The City of Hobart has continued to take steps to minimise plastic usage and reduce landfill since bringing in the single-use plastics ban in 2019, including the implementation of a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection service, and the recent introduction of compostable dog poo bags at popular dog-walking locations.

“It’s great to see how our local businesses have been able to transition to plastic alternatives,” Cr Harvey said. “And it’s a reminder to the community that the vast majority of your coffee cups and other take away food packaging is now compostable and can be disposed of in your FOGO bins at home.”

To collect these and other compostable waste, the City of Hobart has begun to install more FOGO public bins in specific locations across the city.

Two new FOGO bins have been added at Legacy Park and a further two at the Domain Athletic Centre, in addition to two existing bins at the Springs on kunanyi / Mount Wellington.

“Our aim is to continue rolling out FOGO bins across the City of Hobart which will provide proper disposal of the compostable packaging,” Cr Harvey said.

The City of Hobart’s Waste Management Strategy aims to achieve zero waste to the Hobart Landfill by 2030.

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