Choose to refuse (single-use plastics)

Published on 08 June 2021

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Millions of people will be taking part in the solution to plastic pollution during Plastic Free July.

This initiative reminds us that choosing to refuse single-use plastics equals cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Last year more than 300 million people globally participated.

Local Councils across Australia are taking the Plastic Free July challenge, reducing their own plastic use and connecting homes, workplaces, schools and businesses with solutions to reduce plastic pollution.

The City of Stonnington is supporting our community to choose to refuse single-use plastics. We’ll be highlighting local businesses who offer plastic-free buying, as well as providing consumer tips for avoiding single-use soft plastics.

Some of that plastic waste is even being repurposed and returned to the community in the form of park benches and footpaths!

Other ongoing initiatives to encourage waste avoidance include our expanded FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) program; new e-waste initiatives; easy recycling of hard plastics, foil and other metals, paper, cardboard and cartons; and even a FREE apartment composting scheme.

The Plastic Free July challenge provides resources and ideas to help participants (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and in the community.

The people of Stonnington have proven they’re committed to change by recycling 38 per cent of potential rubbish.

With the Council’s commitment to the first City of Stonnington Climate Emergency Action Plan, we’re actively involved in alleviating the recycling crisis, reducing landfill waste, and mitigating the effects of climate change.

Ready to join the sustainable Stonnington community in taking the Plastic Free July challenge?

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 ‘go for gold’ and try to eliminate all single-use plastics for a month, others form or join groups 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.

How to get involved (for free!) in six easy steps

Register for the challenge. Participants receive weekly tips to help them keep motivated, and enjoy stories from others around the world who are reducing plastic in their lives

  1. Take the Pesky Plastics Quiz to find some popular ideas to reduce plastic waste.
  2. Ask us for posters for your workplace, school or local businesses – or download some now.
  3. Get some free Plastic Free July resources for your school.
  4. Read inspiring stories of what others do.
  5. Register for an event or workshop, either online or in person.

The Plastic Free July website is a great place to get inspiration and support, and to share your tips, ideas and experiences.