WHAT WE NEED ARE WHOLE COMMUNITIES TAKING A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC PACKAGING, WITH A FOCUS ON LONG LASTING SOLUTIONS.
Our Plastic Free Places program works in communities to directly reduce single-use plastic packaging items and to empower communities to make lasting changes towards a circular economy. The program focuses on six plastic items commonly found in litter - straws, coffee cups/lids, takeaway containers, food ware (cups, plates, cutlery etc.), bags and water bottles.
We have five current projects - in Byron, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns and Townsville, plus two trial projects in Victoria (Mt Martha and Elsternwick). Our pilot project Plastic Free Noosa (which commenced in Feb 2018) has since been handed over to Tourism Noosa.
As at the end of March 2020, data from our current and past projects (excluding the new projects in Cairns and Townsville) demonstrated over 5 million single use plastics had been eliminated or replaced during the program. This includes over 1.5million straws, 1million coffee cups and lids and 1.5million 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.
How the program works
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.
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.