Assisting you to transition to the WA plastic bag ban, reduce single use plastics and #choose2reuse

What's your bag plan

The ban starts 1 July—What’s Your Bag Plan? Are you a bagger, a boxer, a juggler or somewhere in between? 

Single-use plastic bags are not biodegradable and often end up littering streets and polluting natural environments and waterways. In fact, around five million bags are littered each year in WA resulting in devastating impacts on wildlife and birds.

The City of Canning is on board—we hope you are too. 

For more information and FAQ's on the State’s bag ban, please visit The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.




Supporting you to Choose to Reuse

The City of Canning wants to make the change as easy as possible for Canning to ensure the best outcome for our local community and diverse natural environment.

With your help we can make the transition easier for our community. In the lead up to 1 July the City is offering:

1. Waste education workshop series

We're hosting a number of workshops and courses to assist you to reduce plastic in your everyday lives and transition to a low waste lifestyle.

For details on our upcoming events and workshops, visit our Events Calendar.

For tips and advice you can learn from home see Switch Your Thinking's advice on plastic free bin liners here.


2. Reusable Bags

Reusable Bag

In June and July the City will be giving away conveniently sized reusable bags made from recycled bottles. The bags are foldable, so they can be easily kept in your car or bag along with memory aids so you don't get caught at the checkout without a bag. 

Local businesses and community groups have been invited to register for these bags and reminder tags to distribute among their customers and members. We were overwhelmed by requests after just one week (awesome - go Canning!) and can no longer accept requests. 

We will be giving out 4,000 bags to over 40 local community clubs, groups and organisations. This includes multiple sporting clubs, the Canning Arts Group, Station Street Men’s Shed and William Langford Community House Inc., who have all pledged to spread the Choose 2 Reuse message throughout their members, customers and the community. We'd like to say a big thank you to these groups for leading the change in our community! All groups have now been contacted regarding pickup of the bags once they become available.

* These giveaways will also be available at council facilities including libraries, leisure facilities and the Canning River Eco Education Centre. Products are expected to be available from June, allowing plenty of time to change your shopping bag habits before the ban comes into effect.


3. Other initiatives for businesses and community

The City supports a range of initiatives to assist the community to reduce plastic and waste.

  • The Responsible Cafes campaign encourages cafes to offer a discount to customers with reusable takeaway cups. As a Switch your Thinking member Council, cafes are eligible to receive a batch of Switch Your Thinking KeepCups to distribute to their customers.
  • Plastic Free July is a month long campaign that challenges you to refuse single use plastic.
  • Young Reinventor of the Year Annual Competition is a Switch Your Thinking initiative where young people (under the age 18) are challenged to re-invent rubbish into something new.

Form more information on the City's other sustainability initiatives and incentives visit Sustainability and for more information on the City's waste services visit Waste.