Take the Plastic Free Challenge in July

Friday, 29 June 2018

The Plastic Free July Challenge is coming to the Borough again in 2018.


The one-month Challenge encourages people to “choose to refuse” single-use plastics such as plastic bags, straws and takeaway coffee cups, in a bid to address one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges.


Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Cr Susan Salter, is right behind the successful world-wide initiative.


“Council is delighted to be supporting Plastic Free July again this year,” said Cr Salter.


“Plastic Free July complements many of our other waste reduction initiatives, such as the toothbrush recycling program that we offer in partnership with the Queenscliff Kindergarten and the Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House, and our recently announced Community Environment Alliance grants.”


“One of the projects funded by Council’s grants program, Boomerang Bags, will supply reusable fabric bags to local businesses to reduce the use of plastic bags. The Queenscliff IGA has just announced its commitment to going plastic bag free, and many of our local businesses already offer alternatives to single-use plastic bags as well.”


“We have a strong community connection to preservation of our Borough environment. It is Council’s duty to encourage this and offer a range of initiatives to minimise waste.”


“Plastic Free July is a terrific program that helps people make a commitment they can achieve,” said Cr Salter.


There are multiple levels of participation available within the Plastic Free July Challenge to make it easy for people to sign up and make a difference.


Plastic Free July Foundation’s top tips to “choose to refuse” in July are:

  • Use an eco-friendly coffee cup to get your caffeine fix on the go

  • Avoid plastic packed products – choose loose produce and products in paper packaging

  • Bring reusable bags to do your grocery shopping

  • Bulk buy or get refills where possible

  • Use beeswax wraps or a reusable container instead of glad wrap to keep your produce fresh and plastic-free


To find our more about how to participate, or to register for the Challenge, click here to visit the Plastic Free July website at http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/.


For more information, contact Council’s Sustainability Officer on 5258 1377.