City of Hobart bans all single-use plastic

Hobart has become the first major Australian city to ban all single use plastic, after a vote on Monday night saw 8 of the 12 council members in favour of the ban. The new by-law, moved by Councillor Bill Harvey, will require non-compliant companies to pay a fine if found to be using plastic products.

The by-law will come into effect in early 2020, pending a 21-day public consultation.

"This will add to the way people perceive Hobart across the world as a city that cares about the environment and its people," Councillor Harvey told The Mercury on Tuesday.

For more information see the City of Hobart summary of the by-law.

Sonja Duncan