We are saying NO single use plastic in Darebin and supporting the Plastic Free July challenge. We encourage you to get involved. Taking just one action each week in July can make a difference.
Council says NO to single use plastic!
We're taking action to reduce the harm, waste and pollution caused by single use plastic items. On 5th June 2017, Council resolved to eliminate single use plastic items at Council run events and events run on Council land, roads or buildings - such as sports and recreational events and markets.
We're writing to Coles, Woolworths and other supermarkets in Darebin asking them to follow the example of Aldi stores and not provide free plastic bags to shoppers - encouraging them to bring their own bags.
We'll soon be inviting Darebin primary and secondary students to design a logo or a fictional character to help us promote waste reduction and encourage buyer and user behavioural change too.
We'll continue our advocacy to the State Government, but we'll also be working with our community - our residents and traders - to support and encourage them to eliminate single use plastic items.
For more information on the other actions Council has committed to, read the full Council resolution here.
As a first step to reducing single use plastics, we encourage you to join us and take part in the Plastic Free July challenge!
Plastic Free July
Every bit of plastic that has ever been made still exists somewhere in the world. Plastic is designed to last forever, yet every day we use many plastic products that are thrown away after a few minutes. Much of this plastic ends up in landfill or as litter in our environment. It is estimated that eight million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean every year where it entangles and is ingested by wildlife1.
We are proud to support the Plastic Free July challenge. Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of single use disposable plastic items we use, and challenges us to do something about it.
You can help reduce plastic consumption by taking one simple action a week, or say NO to single use plastics for the whole month.
Week 1: Take your reusable bag to the store. Not only are reusable bags more durable, they're available in different shapes, sizes and colours to suit your needs.
Week 2: Take your reusable cup to the cafe next time you're buying a takeaway coffee. You can also help spread the word by encouraging your friends to bring their reusable cup too, or asking your local cafe to become a responsible cafe.
Week 3: It takes between three - seven litres of water and one litre of oil to make just one litre of bottled water2,3. Choose tap water and carry a refillable water bottle with you. Don't know where to fill up? Find your closest water bottle refilling station here.
Week 4: Go plastic packaging free this week and try a 'nude' food lunch. Ditch the plastic wrap and use a lunchbox or fabric wrap for your sandwich instead.
To sign up for the Plastic Free July challenge and for more info, tips and hints, visit the Plastic Free July website.
1. The Conversation
2. The Water Project
3. The Guardian