Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission to these important bills. They have the potential to bring Australia’s treatment of waste into a new era of recycling and build towards the circular economy. We particularly welcome clause 4 that embeds the precautionary approach in relation to protecting human and environmental health.Read more
With South Australia, the first state to ban key single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers - it’s now urgent other states also move on this plastic pollution, the Boomerang Alliance of 52 groups said today.Read more
COMMUNITY GROUPS TAKE ON BEVERAGE GIANTS AS GOVERNMENT DECIDES WHO WILL RUN VICTORIA’S CONTAINER REFUND SCHEME
Community and environment groups with hundreds of thousands of members in Victoria are mobilising to stop beverage giants Lion and Coca Cola from taking control of Victoria’s soon-to-implemented Container Refund Scheme (CRS).Read more
SUPtember: is a whole month dedicated to getting rid of Single Use Plastics (bad SUP’s) across Australia, as part of our Zero Plastic Pollution campaign - join in 30 days of actions, ideas and inspiration to tackle this significant part of plastic pollution. Be the change we want to see in the sea!Read more
Already operating in most states, Victoria is the last to take a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) on board, but that puts it in the position of being able to choose the best type of CRS. We've learnt some lessons from the recent schemes in Queensland and New South Wales, particularly for the needs of urban and regional areas, refund point convenience, cost and charities.Read more
The Boomerang Alliance Plastic Free Townsville program was officially launched today (6 August, 2020) by Queensland Minister for the Environment, Leeanne Enoch. The program is funded by the Queensland Government, and supports the State Government's agenda to eliminate plastic takeaway litter and waste.Read more
We believe that the primary objectives of a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) should include:
- Grow community benefits by providing sustainable income to charities and other NFP community organisations
- Significantly reduce litter from beverage containers
- Increase recycling of containers
- Create new jobs and business opportunities in resource recovery
Boomerang Alliance has welcomed the reopening of cafes and restaurants, as long as they are COVID-safe. We are concerned that reverting to single-use plastic food ware and cutlery is being promoted as one of the strategies for a COVID-safe food outlet.
It is not. It is not the utensils or food ware, that are the issue but their safe handling.
We have put out this media statement to counter the rumours and advice that single-use plastic food ware is a safer and better option.
Both Victorian Government advice (which is consistent with the advice all jurisdictions are giving) and the Australian Restaurant and Catering Association (Best Practice Cafe Guidelines COVID-19) support the continued use of a food outlet's standard, reusable foodware, not single use plastics, as the better option.
Whilst it is focused on takeaway practices, the Plastic Free Places Reusable Guide for cafes shows how simple handling changes make reusable food ware the safest option. Similar practice changes for in-house dining and food ware handling will avoid the need for single use plastics.
Using Your BYO coffee cup or container to your local cafe is quite safe
Just ask the cafe to follow these instructions.