Get onboard with Plastic Free July

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

This month is Plastic Free July, so get onboard and help reduce consumption of single use plastics.

 

Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said plastic continues to make a significant environmental impact, both on a local and global scale. The contamination of single-use plastics in our waterways is a major concern.

 

“The City of Mandurah has been a leader in environmental protection for more than a decade and I encourage everyone to get involved and help make a difference.

 

“By phasing out the use of single-use plastics across our organisation and providing an opt-in opportunity for local businesses to engage in their own plastic reduction efforts, we continue to be a role-model for our community to keep our local environment strong and healthy,” Mr Williams said.

 

The City has been working across the organisation and with local businesses over the last 12 months to phase out single use plastics, with some positive results so far.

 

Internally, the City has initiated an awareness campaign and made a number of changes to reduce the amount of plastic products used by staff.  This includes, the removal of plastic water bottles, plastic wrap, cutlery and bags, buying consumables in bulk and trialling annual vegetation planting without plastic tree guards.  The MARC is also participating in the responsible café and last straw campaigns.

 

Externally, 29 local business have signed up to the responsible café and last straw campaigns, focussing on eliminating disposable coffee cups and plastic straws.

 

Local community group the Coastal Waste Warriors is onboard cleaning up plastic from our coast line through various beach clean-up events.

 

The State Government is running a number of community workshops in July and seeking feedback regarding single use plastics and the environment.  The online survey takes around 5 minutes, for more information or to take part visit www.dwer.wa.gov.au/single-use-plastic-issues-paper.