Australian city banning plastic food containers

Posted on August 10, 2017 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

AN AUSTRALIAN city has decided it will ban plastic takeaway containers in the next three years.

Source: Australian city banning plastic food containers

Deakin University’s hazards material management lecturer Dr Trevor Thornton said it was a good move, but Hobart needed to be careful.

“For example, with plastic shopping bags, sometimes the alternatives are not that better environmentally,” he said.

“What we need to do is determine why we’re doing it, what are the outcomes, what we’re looking for, and move from there. Is it the resources, litter, waste, cost, all of the above?

“The bottom line is we have to be cautious about swapping one issue for another issue.

“Plastics are not always an evil, they can be good depending what we are using them for.”

Dr Thornton said it was possible to phase out the plastic containers in three years if retailers co-operated.

We all agree  it is best to get rid of them but we need to give people a good sustainable option to not get a back lash that could be worse.