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Awareness of the damage
done to the environment by plastic pollution has grown significantly over the
past few years. This year’s World
Environment Day campaign challenged us all to #BeatPlasticPollution.
We can all use less plastic and put litter in the bin. With just a little bit of planning, it's easy to choose reusable options and refuse single use plastics. In six simple steps, we can help beat plastic pollution:
The major supermarkets (Coles, Woolworths, Harris Farm and IGA) have now joined states such as Queensland and Western Australia to implement a ban on stores giving away free single use plastic bags. So it's time to remember your reusable bags when you go to the shops – it's good for the environment and you'll save money. Find out more about the change including how to recycle soft plastics (hint, it's not in your yellow bin).
In July, the City of Canterbury Bankstown committed to phasing out single-use plastics, including straws, cutlery, cups and plates, from all Council-run facilities and events. The proposal received unanimous support from councillors.
Some of the actions already undertaken by Council include:
Council has also initiated an audit of the types of single use plastics used across the whole organisation, from our childcare centres and Library and Knowledge Centres to sporting facilities, depots and offices, to help us make the move towards more sustainable products over the coming months. Find out more about the commitment here