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Go plastic free this July!

04 July 2016


Willoughby City Council is calling on the community to go plastic free this July and help reduce the amount of plastic entering our oceans.

It is estimated that around 8 million tonnes of single use plastics enter the oceans every year, where it is ingested by and entangles wildlife. Single use plastics include plastic bags, plastic bottles, straws and food packaging.

Council has undertaken numerous initiatives to help stop marine plastic pollution, including:

  • Lobbying the Government to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme which will be instrumental in reducing the amount of beverage containers ending up as litter.
  • Working in partnership with ‘Take 3’, a not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness of plastic pollution, to visit local high schools to publicise the impact of plastics on marine life and invite students  to come up with innovative ideas to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in our waterways.
  • Working to improve current infrastructure to reduce the amount of plastics ending up in our waterways and impacting marine life.
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning gross pollutant traps (GPT’s) within the Local Government Area.

"It is vital that the community reduces the use of plastics in order to protect our local environment for future generations," said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. "I urge everyone to reduce their plastic use by signing up to Plastic Free July and taking the challenge to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in our lives - together we can all do our part in putting an end to marine plastic pollution," she said.

Sign up to Plastic Free July at plasticfreejuly.org

Visit the Ocean Action Pod!

10am-4pm, Monday 4 July through Friday 8 July

Chatswood Mall

Learn more about the issues surrounding marine plastic pollution and what you can do to help reduce plastics from entering our oceans.

Media Contact:
Rebecca Hill
Marketing and Events Manager
Phone: 9777 7703
Email: rebecca.hill@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au 

For non media related enquiries contact Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au