A local governing council in Mayfield Australia has required as part of a
proposed McD expansion that they use non-disposable plates and utensils.
They plan to treat other fast food chains the same way.|
The following is sourced from the Sydney Morning Herald, 23 April 1998:
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Greg Hayes, said fast food packaging was responsible for about a third of the waste collected in the region on the annual Clean Up Australia Day.
The [Australian Local Governments] Association's president Cr Peter Woods, said Newcastle Council's move could be adopted by every council.
The Australian Local Government Association estimates there is a $100 million gap between the cost of collecting recyclables and the money councils make from them - a cost borne by ratepayers rather than consumers.
I also heard a Greens Newcastle Councillor speak on community radio, and he pointed out that the city had a policy of reducing landfill by 60% by 2001 and eliminating it by 2010.