Friday, July 5, 2019
Bayside City Council has eliminated single-use plastics from its corporate centre and libraries, and by June 2020 these environmental nasties will no longer be found in community centres.
In addition to walking the walk on banning its own use of plastics, environmental conditions in policies, tenders, contracts, leases and guidelines will be enhanced, focusing on facilities leased from Council.
Bayside Mayor Michael Heffernan said Council's decision was based on its custodian role of the foreshore.
"As the custodians of 17km of foreshore we have an obligation to lead and protect our marine environments from the damage caused by plastic waste," he said.
Each year around 800 million pieces of litter reach Port Phillip Bay from the Yarra River alone, and 74 per cent of this is micro-plastics from the breakdown of plastic waste.
What Council is doing to reduce single-use plastics:
- Eliminating single-use plastics in Council buildings and facilities
- Installing water bottle re-filling stations along the Bay Trail, and adopting a three-year program to install more drinking fountains
- Advocating to ban plastic bags and reduce excess packaging
- Providing facilities for collecting soft flexible plastics.
What you can do to reduce single-use plastics:https://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/reducing-plastic-waste
- Get a reusable coffee cup. There are 16 cafes in Bayside offering a discount if you bring your own cup. Visit responsiblecafes.org
- Invest in a refillable drink bottle
- Join the growing community who #choosetoreuse plastic straws
- Place a set of reusable shopping bags near the front door and in the boot of the car. You can also get re-useable fruit and veggie bags.
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