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Take the Plastic Free July Challenge

May 27, 2021

This July, as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce plastic waste and protect our environment, Willoughby City Council has taken the Plastic Free July Challenge to help our community to avoid single-use plastics. Here’s how you can join them!

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 showed that 92% 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, Willoughby City 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. Willoughby City Council will be supporting residents with activities, tips and online workshops through the month of July and beyond.

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. It can be as easy as picking one single-use plastic item to avoid or swap for a reusable alternative. Many people choose to avoid the Top 4 single-use plastics:

  • Take-away coffee cups
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Plastic straws
  • Water bottles

Some people ‘go for gold’ and try to eliminate all single-use plastics for a month. It’s also popular to form or join a group to take the challenge together. This could be the start of a life-changing experience for you, your family, your colleagues or your local school.

To find out what other sustainable activities are happening, go to https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Events.

Willoughby Council is also hosting a Plastic Free July Trivia for children on July 6th during the school holidays, where 7-12 year olds will have some laughs and get their knowledge tested on topics like waste, plastics and recycling, with a chance to win some great eco-prizes! Bookings are open now: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Plastic-Free-July-Trivia-for-children-154344214701

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