Two northern councils are set to discuss how to handle waste at their meetings on Monday.
Break O'Day is proposing two notices of motion regarding plastic waste, and City of Launceston councillor Andrea Dawkins is set to move a motion.
Ms Dawkins' motion asks the council to investigate and implement a policy to phase out single use plastics at events, markets and other activities on council-owned land, as well as council-sponsored events.
She hopes the policy would be put in place by 2022, the council agenda said.
"Plastic pollution is a well-understood environmental problem. Ecosystems all over the planet have been affected and plastic particles can be found throughout the food chain," she said.
"Council and community well understand the negative impacts that single use plastics and excessive packaging have on the environment and on the earth's natural resources and food systems."
The City of Launceston council has led on many elements of waste recovery and reduction.
"The success of FOGO, the separation and reuse of polystyrene, soft plastics, E-waste and other recoverables, is the sign of a community and council working together to reduce landfill and move toward zero landfill," she said.
Event management on council-owned land and council-sponsored events was the next logical step, Ms Dawkins said.
The 2022 target gives "reasonable" time to phase out single-use plastics and allows stakeholders to adjust their events accordingly, Ms Dawkins said. The council's development services director Leanne Hurst said the timeframe is achievable.
"There is already a suggestion that events with a move toward zero waste will be viewed more favourably for funding, making this motion a natural extension of existing policy," Ms Dawkins said.
The motion is recommended to be approved.
Break O'Day councillor Janet Drummond and mayor Mick Tucker will put forward separate notices of motion at Monday's meeting.
Cr Drummond's motion asks the council to support the City of Hobart motion to be presented to the Local Government Association of Tasmania in July.
It also asks the council to work with the City of Hobart council and the East Coast community to seek sector and state government support for a statewide ban on single-use plastics. City of Hobart's motion to LGAT will urge for the ban of single-use plastic at takeaway stores.
Similarly, Cr Tucker's motion will ask LGAT to lobby the state government to take leadership in developing a statewide approach to banning single-use plastics in takeaway food packaging.
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