Residents challenged to give up plastic items

June 26, 2013 by  

Joondalup residents are being encouraged to go plastic free next month in a bid to reduce the amount of waste produced in the area.

The City of Swan, which encompasses Joondalup, is promoting Plastic Free July, an initiative that started in Western Australia, but is now held across the country.

Around one million tonnes worth of plastic waste is sent to landfills around Australia each year, much of which could be avoided if people made different choices and were more conscious about the amount of plastic they used.

The ultimate challenge is to use no plastic items at all during the month of July, even down to using newspaper to line rubbish bins rather than using plastic bags and searching out milk in cardboard containers rather than bottles, but residents can choose easier forms of the challenge if they wish.

The top four items which organisers hope people will stop using are plastic shopping bags, plastic bottles, plastic straws, and plastic coffee cup lids. Residents can also pledge to go completely plastic free just for a week or even a day.

Plastic free July will be launched at a special event at the Old Midland Court House today. Council staff will be on hand to offer tips on how to tackle the plastic free challenge and printing services have been used to produce information for residents to take home and refer to during July. For more information, contact the City of Swan council or visit the official Plastic Free July website.