Burdekin Shire Council is encouraging residents to throw their support behind the Plastic Free July campaign by saying ‘no’ to single use plastics such as plastic straws and packaging.
Plastic Free July raises awareness of our growing plastic waste problem and supports behaviour change by helping people to avoid single-use plastic. Every person has a role to play in reducing the impact of plastic waste on the environment. This includes saying ‘no’ to plastics that become litter, such as plastic straws, takeaway cups and containers.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that has mobilised millions of participants across more than 200 countries to take measurable steps to reduce plastic use.
Burdekin Shire Council will build upon the current waste initiatives such as the plastic bag ban and the proposed Container Refund Scheme (CRS); the International Year of the Reef event; and Council’s Reef Guardian role by participating the Plastic Free July. Council will commit to implementing no plastic straws and plastic free catering where possible for council meetings, functions and events.
Local organisations have already committed to the Last Straw Campaign as part of Plastic Free July where by organisations commit to eliminating plastic straws from their venues. The currently registered organisations include The Ville Resort and Casino, Reef HQ, Longboards Bar and Grill and local business Chill Parlour Café and Coffee Shop. Other local businesses and organisations can register to be part of the Last Straw campaign at http://www.laststraw.com.au/.
Community groups, businesses, schools, organisations and individuals can also participate in Plastic Free July. The website: www.plasticfreejuly.org/ has a toolbox of resources and ideas to assist the interested organisation or individual. Another website to aid in ideas on how to reduce plastic in your home or business is the My Plastic Life Campaign found at https://myplasticfreelife.com/