City of Melville encourages the community to take the Plastic Free July challenge

13 July 2021

The City of Melville is helping the community to reduce single-use plastics in their homes, schools and workplaces.

The City of Melville is helping the community to reduce single-use plastics in their homes, schools and workplaces by holding a Plastic Free July afternoon tea and workshop and through encouraging local residents to share the ways they are switching to plastic free alternatives.

The City is running the #WhatsYourSwitch competition through its social media channels, encouraging local residents to share their plastic free swaps.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the best social media posts would receive a plastic free prize, with first place receiving a gift basket kindly donated by The Source Bulk Foods in Melville, and second place receiving a Recycle Right WA plastic free prize pack.

“We encourage the community to share the ways they are choosing to refuse single-use plastics, whether it’s avoiding plastic water bottles and disposable cutlery or using reusable bags or boxes when you do your grocery shopping,” said Mayor Gear.

“To help inspire the community, the City is hosting a Plastic Free July afternoon tea and workshop by Waste Educator Peg Davies at Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre on Saturday, 17 July from 2.30pm to 5.00pm.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to be inspired by Ms Davies to make their own DIY products to take home with them, see some demonstrations of reusable items and take the plastic free pledge.”

Mayor Gear said the City was encouraging the community to take the Plastic Free July challenge and commit to reducing single-use plastics in their everyday lives.

“We know how much the community values our clean and green environment and Plastic Free July is a great opportunity to make a positive difference,” said Mayor Gear.

“The State Government’s recent announcement that it was fast-tracking the phasing out of single-use plastics by the end of 2022 makes it the perfect time to consider the ways you can reduce the use of them in your everyday life.

“It’s simple to get involved with the first step being to visit the Plastic Free July website and sign-up to take the challenge.

“By signing up, you’ll receive weekly tips and tricks to keep you motivated during the month as you reduce waste in your home, workplace or education institution.”

For more information on taking the Plastic Free July challenge, visit www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/

Image: City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP meets with The Source Bulk Foods Melville owner Rebecca Pech after the store kindly donated the main prize for the #WhatsYourSwitch competition.

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