Globally, 95% of all plastic packaging is used once and then thrown away, often ending up as litter. In its 2014 report on Marine Debris in Australia, the CSIRO indicated that, ‘two thirds of the marine debris found along our coastline is plastic, most from local sources.’ Researchers estimate that if this trend continues there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean (by weight) by 2050.
In Australia, most state governments are moving to reduce plastic litter through the introduction of container deposit schemes and bans on plastic bags. These are recognised as the first steps to addressing plastic pollution in our environment.
The next step is to address the many other forms of 'disposable' plastics, like coffee cups, water bottles, straws, takeaway containers and a whole raft of other single-use items.
EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
Many individuals, governments and businesses have become aware of the plastic pollution problem and are changing habits and practices. What has been lacking however, are whole communities taking a systematic approach to addressing disposable plastic packaging use and plastic litter, with a focus on long lasting solutions.
The Plastic Free Places (Communities Taking Control of Their Plastic Footprint) program addresses this gap by working in communities to directly reduce the amount of single-use plastic being used within that community and empowering it to make lasting changes towards supporting 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. Learn more about the program in our Overview document.
The Plastic Free Places pilot project is Plastic Free Noosa, and we currently operate three other projects; Plastic Free Wollongong, Plastic Free Byron - Make the Switch and WA Plastic Free (Bassendean, Perth). At the end of 2018, Plastic Free Noosa had eliminated over 1.5 million single-use plastic items in its 11 months of operation, just from member cafes and restaurants alone.
In 2019 we aim to expand the program to more communities across Australia.
OUR PLASTIC FREE PLACES COMMUNITIES
VIEW OUR COMMUNITY REPORTS
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.