Perth continues discussion on the future of single-use plastics in the town
The topic of single use plastics has been a popular one at the federal level.
In Perth the Climate Change advisory panel has been discussing ending the use of single-use plastics and other measures for several weeks. The Town of Perth has a history of examining how it can do its part for the environment.
The topic came up in Council once again after a letter was received from a resident on the subject of single use plastics.
“Each autumn, Perth employees attach beautiful coloured lights to the railings along the Tay canal. In spring, they cut off the plastic zip ties and discard them on the ground or they drop them in the water.” Those were the opening lines of a letter from a Douglas Smith of Perth, addressed to council with the signatures of 42 other concerned residents enclosed.
The letter went on to request that council look into establishing a bylaw preventing plastic littering as well as getting local businesses to switch to paper straws and drink covers.
The letter was presented as part of a larger discussion by council about the town’s stance on plastic and the affordability of recycling, with Mayor John Fenik going as far as to say that while recycling may be expensive, when it comes to the environment, the cost of doing nothing is far greater than the cost of it being affordable.
Mayor Fenik voiced his intent to respond to Smith’s letter saying that council needs a little time as conversations about the future of plastic are currently ongoing at both the Federal and County levels.
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