Our aim is to demonstrate to and assist the hospitality and food services sectors to switch from single use plastics by avoiding and reducing packaging; providing reusable containers; or only supplying 100% compostable foodware.
Boomerang’s program initially focuses on six plastic items commonly found in litter (straws, cutlery, bags, bottles, cups, plates and bowls and coffee cups/lids). We plan to add more in the future.
As at 31 Jan 2020, data from just 3 locations (Noosa, Byron & Perth) demonstrates the program works with over 300 cafes involved and nearly 5 million single use plastics eliminated or replaced. This includes over 1.5m straws, 1m coffee cups and lids and 1.5m cold cups and containers.
- To show every community (businesses and consumers) how to switch from problem single use plastics.
- To demonstrate to all Australian governments that the community is ready, willing and able to change. This will ease the path for laws to phase-out these products; and support transition away from single use plastics.
WE NEED WHOLE COMMUNITIES TAKING A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC PACKAGING, WITH A FOCUS ON LONG LASTING SOLUTIONS.
The Plastic Free Places program works in communities to directly reduce these single-use plastic items, and to empower the community to make lasting changes towards a circular economy. The program is a comprehensive system that can be implemented in any community by Boomerang Alliance in partnership with local stakeholders, and has demonstrated strong consumer support.
We have 7 current projects in Noosa, Byron, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Townsville and Elsternwik.
In a nutshell, we work directly with food retailers, events, markets, and other organisations and assist them to switch from single-use plastics to better alternatives, such as reusable (preferred) or compostable items. But that's just the beginning. We also work with council, suppliers, manufacturers, waste transport operators and composters to deliver real solutions to businesses and to the community.
SOUNDS SIMPLE? THAT'S BECAUSE WE WORK HARD TO MAKE IT LOOK THAT WAY!
Most of our work to successfully run the program occurs behind the scenes. Ensuring that the right partnerships are in place, addressing barriers to transition, facilitating composting solutions and providing the right advice and value to businesses is fundamental to our success.
Or learn more about the program in our OVERVIEW DOCUMENT.
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COULD YOUR COMMUNITY BE NEXT?
Are you a community also looking to reduce your plastic footprint? Below is an an overview of our program, to get you started.