Taking action on single-use plastics
We’re taking action to reduce the harm, waste and pollution caused by single-use plastic items. We are also encouraging everyone in the community, including our residents and businesses, to make a commitment to eliminating single-use plastics.
Council endorsed a new policy on 26 February 2018 to eliminate the single-use plastic products at festivals and events located at Council venues and properties. The policy, which applies to all council owned buildings and venues, aims to reduce the alarming damage single-use plastic products are causing.
Single-use plastic products have serious environmental, social and economic impacts. Eight million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in freshwater and marine environments every year and this plastic breaks down into tiny pieces which are increasingly being found in food consumed by humans and animals.
We also need to work hard to reduce our use of single-use plastics as recent overseas import bans on certain recycled products means that we need to address the waste in our own backyard.
The policy is committed to:
- eliminating single-use plastic bags
- eliminating single-use plastic plates, bowls, cups, straws, cutlery and take away food - containers
- eliminating bottled water, and provide alternative, free access to water
- avoiding plastic packaging
- eliminating balloons at events
- reusing event materials where possible
- educating and guiding event staff and audiences on single-use plastic-free practices
See Plastic Free Darebin for further details.