Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay wants a report into the impact of single-use plastics at events on council land and sanctioned by the council.
Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay wants a report into the impact of single-use plastics at events on council land and sanctioned by the council. Kirsty O'Connor

Plastic pollution the last straw for councillor

SINGLE-USE plastic straws and cutlery will potentially be banned from major Coast events and festivals in a bid to ease pollution of the region's waterways.

Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay wants a report on the prevalence of single-use plastics at events on council-owned land and council-sanctioned events.

The latter includes large festivals such as Caloundra Music Festival and the Big Pineapple Music Festival.

Cr McKay will raise the issue at this month's council meeting and if successful, a report will be compiled and then come back before councillors for a decision.

"It's really about a concern for our environment,” Cr McKay said.

She referenced other local governments which had made similar bans.

"To be the most sustainable we need to be there.”

Cr McKay said the change would be a challenge at a lot of events but said opportunities would be created in more sustainable options.

"The smaller items like straws are finding their way into our waterways.”


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