Community encouraged to take Plastic Free July challenge as WA Plastics Ban comes into effect

8 July 2022

The City of Melville is encouraging the community to consider how they can reduce their waste by taking the Plastic Free July challenge.

  • The City of Melville is encouraging the community to take the Plastic Free July challenge.
  • Western Australians throw away 190 million takeaway coffee cups into landfill every year and the City is encouraging people to BYO coffee cups.
  • Workshops and events will be held throughout the month to help the community with tips to reduce their waste.
  • A number of single-use plastic items have been banned in Western Australia as of Friday, 1 July 2022.
 
The City of Melville is encouraging the community to consider how they can reduce their waste by taking the Plastic Free July challenge.
 
By taking part in the challenge, participants can receive tips and tricks during the month to keep you motivated and help become part of the solution.
 
This year the focus is on takeaway coffee cups as a whopping 190 million takeaway coffee cups are used by Western Australians each year.
 
All takeaway coffee cups, including those labelled ‘compostable’, are unable to be recycled in the yellow recycling bin or composted in the lime green FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) bin, so they all end up in landfill.
 
To help tackle this problem, the City is encouraging people to:
 To assist the community with tips to reduce plastic in their everyday lives, the City has organised events such as workshops to learn where waste goes and how to reduce waste on a budget.
 
The Plastic Free July challenge comes as the WA Plastic Ban comes into effect, with a number of single-use plastic items banned including any plastic shopping bags with handles, disposable plastic straws and stirrers, disposable plastic cutlery, disposable plastic plates, disposable plastic bowls and containers without lids, expanded polystyrene food containers and trays, and the release of balloons.  
 
The supply of disposable plastic cups for cold drinks will be banned from Saturday, 1 October 2022.
 
The ban applies to retail and hospitality businesses, manufactures, suppliers, distributors, wholesalers, community groups, government bodies and not-for-profits.
 
WA Plastic Free is providing free assistance to food retailers to help them make the transition away from these items as simple as possible.
 
The National Retail Association is hosting free online sessions between 12noon and 1.00pm on Wednesday, 27 July to help businesses transition in light of the WA Plastics Ban.
 
For more information about WA Plastic Free, visit https://www.waplasticfree.org/join
 
For more information on taking the Plastic Free July challenge, visit www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/
 
For more information about the City’s events during the month, visit https://www.melvillecity.com.au/WasteEducation
 
Comments attributed to City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP:
 
“I encourage you all to take the Plastic Free July challenge and commit to reducing single-use plastics in your everyday lives,” said Mayor Gear.
 
“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.
 
“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.
 
“I also encourage you to get involved in the events and workshops that the City has organised during July to help with tips and tricks to reduce your waste.
 
“The timing of Plastic Free July aligns with the WA Plastics Bans, which is a great outcome for our community.
 
“We’re committed to increasing recycling opportunities and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill so this is a significant win for our community, environment and future sustainability.”
 

Image: City of Melville Councillors Karen Wheatland, Nicole Robins and Tomas Fitzgerald enjoying a coffee in their keep cups with Leo the dog at the Little Olive Leaf Café in Willagee.
 

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