The City of Launceston council will ban single-use plastics at UTAS Stadium, events, markets, sponsored events and other activities on council-owned land by 2022.
The council unanimously passed the policy on Thursday. It proposes from January 1, 2022, the use of compostable or reusable packaging at:
- All council occupied buildings, all sponsored events on council land
- UTAS Stadium, Launceston Aquatic Centre, QVMAG, food vans
- Eight council lessees with takeaway food or beverages
A clause stating compostable or reusable packaging must be used will be inserted into leases, permits and contracts.
Councillor Andrea Dawkins said the policy had to be only the beginning for the council phasing out single-use plastics.
"This is the first step in what could really stamp the City of Launceston on the map for sustainability," she said.
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"This is the beginning point, this is absolutely vital that our community are on board and this is why the phase-out is really, really important.
"This is a transition and during this transition we can champion the leaders in the community who have already made that step, we can get to some of the complexity and some of the depth of what we need to understand."
UTAS Stadium food vendors planned to use compostable packaging in the 2020 AFL season and the policy would mean its public bars would transition to reusable cups by 2022.
This would make it Tasmania's first stadium to make the permanent switch to reusable beer and wine cups.
Cr Dawkins said by the end of the year she would bring another motion for the council to consider a full phase-out of single-use plastics across the municipality.
The full phase-out would follow the Hobart City Council's by-law, where all retailers selling takeaway food in the municipality can not use single-use plastic for packaging.
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