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Plastic Free July 2021

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Plastic Free July challenge taken up by more than 3 million Australians

Plastic Free July helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. This helps to ensure we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities by choosing to refuse single-use plastics. Last year more than 300 million people globally participated.

Local Councils across Australia are taking the Plastic Free July Challenge, reducing their own plastic use and connecting homes, workplaces, schools and business to spread solutions to plastic pollution. 

As a Council Member, Bayside City Council is supporting our community to choose to refuse single-use plastics directly, and doing our part to alleviate the recycling crisis, reducing landfill waste, and mitigating the effects of climate change.

Within Council, we’re pledging to make a difference by encouraging our community to participate in this year’s Plastic Free July campaign. Council has already removed single-use plastics from Council-operated buildings with plans to remove avoidable single-use plastics from Council-owned buildings including sporting clubs, community centres, hospitality venues, and events.

Other ongoing initiatives to encourage waste and litter avoidance include:

  • The installation of recycling stations at Beaumaris, Brighton and Sandringham Libraries and Council’s Corporate Centre
  • Promotion of REDcycle’s soft plastics recycling program with drop off locations available at Beaumaris Library, Council’s Corporate Centre and in major supermarkets
  • Upgrading our older public bins so they can hold more waste and our community can recycle more
  • Promoting our kerbside food and green waste service
  • Developing handy resources like our list of local op shops and our waste and recycling A-Z Directory 
  • Creating a use-friendly tool to report illegally dumped rubbish 

The Plastic Free July challenge provides resources and ideas to help participants (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and in the community. 

Ready to join the Bayside City Council community in taking the Plastic Free July challenge?

It can be as easy as picking one single-use plastic item to avoid or swap for a reusable alternative. 

Many people choose to avoid the Top 4 single-use plastics:

  • Take-away coffee cups
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Plastic straws
  • Water bottles. 

Some ‘go for gold’ and try to eliminate all single-use plastics for a month. It's popular to form or join a group to take the challenge together. This could be the start of a life-changing experience for you, your family, your colleagues or your local school.

How to get involved (for free!) in six easy steps

  1. Register for the challenge. Participants receive weekly tips to help them to keep motivated, and enjoy stories from others around the world who are reducing plastic in their lives
  2. Take the Pesky Plastics Quiz to find some popular ideas to reduce plastic waste
  3. flevin [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: I'd%20like%20posters%20for%20Plaster%20Free%20July) (Ask us for posters) for your workplace, school or local businesses – or download your posters.
  4. Get some free Plastic Free July resources for your school
  5. Read inspiring stories of what others do
  6. Register for an event or workshop: 

Thursday 24 June – 11am - in case you missed it: Plastic Free July: Community in Action

Sunday 27 June – 11am - in case you missed it: Plastic Free July for beginners

Saturday, 3 July - 12pm - in case you missed it: Cook along with @ZeroWasteChef

Saturday, 10 July - 4pm Plastic Free on a Budget 

Tuesday 20 July – 7pm Plastic Free Baby

The Plastic Free July website is a great place to get inspiration and support, and to share your tips, ideas and experiences.

Plastic Free July 2020 in Bayside

Plastics have become a common and accepted part of our lives. The material is widely used as the basis for food and drinks packaging as well as kitchen appliances, mobile phones, laptops, clothing, children's toys, and even our toothbrushes. You can find it pretty much everywhere you look and in places you wouldn't even consider.

Learn how plastic is made and why it's a problem

 Let's take a closer look at how to reduce plastic in your daily life including in the kitchen, bathroom, at the shops, and when you're eating out.

Learn how to reduce your plastic 

Some residual plastic is inevitable and you should still be proud of your efforts to reduce your plastic but there are always ways to get that leftover plastic recycled and turned into new products. 

Learn how to recycle plastics that are tricky to avoid