Kwinana residents encouraged to say no to plastic in July to help environment

Kwinana residents are being encouraged to go plastic free during July in an effort to help the environment.

The council is promoting Plastic Free July as a challenge to refuse single-use plastic items during the month, encouraging people to make simple impacting change.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams has nominated to take up the challenge to help the city focus on reducing single use plastics.

She will “take up the challenge” to go plastic free and will be focusing on eliminating the top four single use plastics including takeaway coffee cups, plastic shop bags, plastic straws and water bottles.

According to the Ocean Crusaders Foundation, Auusestralians dump 36,700 tonnes of plastic bags into landfill each year.

In 2019, an estimated 250 million people worldwide took part in the challenge, with participants reducing household waste by almost 5 per cent.

Mayor Adams said the coronavirus pandemic had resulted in an increased use of single takeaway plastics, but now was a good time to reduce the use of plastic.

“The City has been a strong supporter of Plastic Free July over the years,” Mayor Adams said.

“In 2020 the Council is really stepping up its involvement to bring the community together on the issue of waste reduction.”

She said it was a good opportunity for people to take care of the environment.

“If everyone can make even small changes to eliminate single use plastics, it will have a big impact on our environment,” Mayor Adams said.

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