Hobart will phase out single-use, petroleum-based plastic containers by 2020
Following a 10-1 vote by Hobart City Council, the Tasmanian capital will be phasing out single-use, petroleum-based plastic containers and utensils by 2020.
“People are aware now, so many Australians watched War on Waste on the ABC and that’s influenced their understanding of plastic pollution, so this is something that I think now communities expect,” Greens Alderman Bill Harvey said in an ABC report.
“We’re responsible for waste management in the city, so we’ve taken a lead.”
One third of fast food businesses in Hobart already used compostable items, according to Harvey.
The city is aiming to have a compost system for commercial outlets resulting in “all the compostable organic material from cages and restaurants will go off to a facility”.