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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has prevented the need for more than 2,500 plastic bottles, since its installation of 10 new water refill stations earlier this year.
Mayor Khal Asfour today welcomed the results.
"Only one third of plastic bottles get recycled and, if sent to landfill, can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade," Mayor Asfour said.
"More than 10,000 residents told us they want Canterbury-Bankstown to be greener and cleaner by 2028, with more environmentally-friendly initiatives that help protect our natural environment. Reducing plastic bottle use is one way of achieving that."
The water refill stations were introduced by Council in high pedestrian areas and parks, which are used for sport, walking, jogging, cycling and picnicking. They are:
The BLaKC Café, inside Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre, has also taken steps to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics, by committing to only providing straws to patrons who need them to drink independently.
Mayor Khal Asfour said the Council-run venue signed up to The Last Straw, a nation-wide initiative aimed at reducing the amount of plastic straws given out by businesses and venues.
"The pledge is a perfect fit with our commitment to phase out single-use plastics from all Council-run facilities and events," Mayor Asfour said.
"I’m proud our City has contributed to the 20 million plastic straws saved throughout Australia, as a result of this initiative. We’re also conducting an audit of all plastic items currently used by Council and looking at which are essential or can be removed and replaced."
Council runs and supports a number of other single-use plastic reduction initiatives, including:
For more information and to learn simple ways to avoid single-use plastics, visit cb.city/beatplasticpollution
27/02/2019 12:50 PM