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All things plastic

Plastic pollution is a major global environmental problem.

We all know it. But here are some quick facts:

  1. It is everywhere including our soils, lakes, dams, rivers and oceans. 
  2. Every bit of plastic that has ever been made remains.
  3. As far as we know plastic does not “bio-degrade”.
  4. It reduces to micro particles and is entering the food chain.
  5. It is eaten by aquatic life including birds, turtles and whales causing the deaths of millions each year.
  6. There is an island of plastic – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch three times the size of France.

We are all responsible. Governments, business, community organisations, individuals and families.

So what can we do?

  • Know what you can recycle and do it!

Tip 1: If it scrunches and does not spring back it can go into the plastic recycling bins at your local supermarket. See RedCycle for what is recyclable soft plastic. RedCycle turns soft plastic into outdoor furniture.

Tip 2: Go to Planet Ark for other plastic recycling tips.

Tip 3: Watch Series 3 of the War on Waste starting June 24 on the ABC!

Tip 5: Participate in Plastic Free July

  • Refuse 

Tip 6: Cling wrap is not a recylable soft plastic! Refuse to buy fruit and veg wrapped in soft plastic. Use bees wax or silicon wraps!

Tip 7: Take your own paper or cloth produce bags to the supermarket for fruit and veg.

Tip 8: If you forget use the mushroom paper bags provided.

Tip 9: When shopping for clothes take your own bag and refuse plastic.

Tip 10: Line your  bins with newspaper. Once you’re in the swing of it you won’t think twice!

  • Reduce

There are so many plastic products in our daily lives. Take steps to reduce your dependency where you can.

Tip 11: Take your own: keep cup for coffee to go; container when you buy fish or meat, support food outlets that refill your containers.

Tip 12: Find alternatives: Looseleaf tea (teabags are lined with plastic), bamboo toothbrushes and cotton buds; washable cotton swabs; shampoo soap bars are a few examples that also come in cardboard packaging. Use your search engine!

  • Reuse

We all have plastic bags left over from years of mindless plastic shopping.

Tip 13: Wash and reuse them over and over. It’s what our mothers used to do. Then recycle.

  • Reward

Tip 14: Urge your council, school and community association to install RedCycle outdoor furniture when needed – then say “thanks” every time you use them!

Tip 15: Give your supermarket and other businesses feedback on their plastic practices and remember to say thanks when they do the right thing!

  • Store!

A day will come when plastic that is currently not recyclable will be! Until then -store it! Things like tooth brushes, pegs, clothing and bread tags, – all those bits and pieces. When you store it instead of toss it there is a big incentive to say No to plastic!

Support the effort and let us know your tips!

Read our recent article in the Goulburn Post

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