Residents encouraged to say ‘no’ to plastic during July

Published on 5 July 2017

Plastic Free July is an opportunity to reduce our environmental impact.

Ku-ring-gai Council are encouraging residents to reduce their use of single-use disposable plastic during the month of July.

Over a million people in 130 countries will be taking up the Plastic Free July challenge in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic that is sent to landfill each year.

The top four single-use plastic items used are straws, bottles, shopping bags, and coffee cups.

Ku-ring-gai Council has put together a list of helpful resources for those wanting to take part in the challenge, including a list of suburbs that have bulk food stores, as well as information about local cafés who are giving customers discounts for bringing a reusable cup.

Locals also have the opportunity to win a ‘Plastic Free Beginners Pack’ by commenting on Plastic Free July posts on the Loving Living Ku-ring-gai Facebook page.

There are some easy solutions for residents wanting to find ways to cut back the plastic they throw away each year:

  • Use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic
  • Replace bottled water with a reusable glass or metal bottle
  • Take a reusable coffee cup to the café
  • Say no to straws
  • Be sure to recycle single-use plastic that cannot be avoided

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said that she knows Ku-ring-gai residents are up to the challenge of Plastic Free July.

“This Australian-grown initiative is a wonderful way of reducing our impact on the environment and I encourage the Ku-ring-gai community to get behind it,” she said.

More information about Plastic Free July can be found at http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/plasticfree.

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Media enquiries: Joel Callen Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0897 or jcallen@kmc.nsw.gov.au