Hobart City Council is leading the charge against waste – calling for plastic takeaway containers to be phased out.
The council voted 10-10 to amend daft environmental bylaws to ban single use, petroleum-based plastic containers and utensils by 2020.
The State Government banned plastic bags in 2013.
Greens Alderman Bill Harvey lead the charge, saying containers would be replaced by compostable items.
Alderman Harvey said one-third of Hobart's food retailers already used compostable items and he did not expect them to challenge the move.
"Eventually we'll have a compost system for commercial outlets and all the compostable organic material from cafes and restaurants will go off to a facility," he said.
"But we haven't got that yet. That's one of our ambitions."
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