While the Plastic Free July initiative against single-use plastics is almost over, here are a range of practical measures which residents and local councils can employ year-round.
Boomerang Alliance, in conjunction with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and Queensland Government, has released a series of resources for councils.
“At last year’s LGAQ Conference (2018) Queensland councils supported motions to phase out plastic straws and other single-use plastics from council operations and events, to support a transition away from plastics and support a ban on the deliberate release of helium balloons,” LGAQ Chief Executive, Greg Hallam AM, wrote in the Plastic Free Council Events guidelines’ forward.
“Switching from single-use plastics to reusable or 100% compostable product alternatives at events is a positive contribution we can make towards reducing plastic litter and waste, and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“These guidelines are available for everyone and we encourage all other event organisers and local councils around Australia to use them for your own plastic-free events.”
Boomerang Alliance has also published this guide for communities to become plastic free places.