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Council takes the Plastic Free July Challenge

Single-use plastics are back in the spotlight this year, with Federal, State and local governments all taking action on the issue. From the National Plastics Plan, through to single use plastic bans in many states and cities, and even companies, now is the time to get on board.

A survey of 1,638 Australians (Thinkfield Research September 2020) showed that 92 per cent of people support policies and actions to reduce plastic waste.

This July, as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce plastic waste and protect our environment, Strathbogie Shire Council has taken the Plastic Free July Challenge to help our community to avoid single-use plastics. 

Last year, an estimated 326 million people worldwide took part in Plastic Free July. On average, participants reduced their household waste and recycling by almost 5% (or 21kg).

By encouraging people to take simple action in their daily lives and habits, Plastic Free July is an established and successful way for people to reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, and school.  Strathbogie Shire Council and its partners Mitchell and Murrindindi Shire Councils, and the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group will be supporting residents with activities and online workshops through the month of July and beyond.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Chris Raeburn said Plastic Free July was a perfect way to work on reducing the waste we would otherwise be sending to landfill.

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

To participate (for free), residents simply need to visit https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/ and choose to refuse a few single use plastics. There’s even a Pesky Plastics Quiz to help you find the right plastics to start your challenge.

To participate in online workshops visit https://theloop.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/plastic-free-july/PFJ-events and to find out what activities are happening in the area, go to https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/get-involved/find-events-near-you/

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