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Simple swaps for Plastic Free July

2 Jul 2020

Simple swaps for Plastic Free July

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Plastic Free July has kicked-off and Council is encouraging Tairāwhiti to get involved and make simple switches to reduce single-use plastic.

Globally about 50 percent of plastic produced is single-use including commonly used items such as plastic drink bottles, cigarette butts, food wrappers, lids and straws.

While plastic grades 1 and 2 can be recycled, other grades can not and will ultimately go to landfill or can break down into small pieces (microplastics) and end up in waterways and oceans.

Council’s waste minimisation facilitator Darnelle Timbs said nationally there were disruptions to recycling over lockdown, highlighting the importance and emphasis of reducing waste generation.

“Now that we are at Level 1, we are in a position again to use reusable cups and containers. Plastic Free July provides a great opportunity to reduce single use plastics, with lots of educational resources and support available to help inspire. This year the theme is ‘simple swaps’, encouraging people to consider what they buy and how to make easy, affordable changes,” she said.

“Every little swap helps - it doesn’t have to be perfect, even small local actions amount to widespread changes. Grassroots action has led to this movement that has inspired over 250 million participants in 177 countries.”

Council fully supports Plastic Free July and any initiative that helps reduce our waste footprint.

Our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018-24 proposes a number of targets to reduce waste generation in Tairāwhiti, including a 20 percent reduction in total waste and 20 percent increase in recycling by 2024.

To enter the Plastic Free July challenge, sign up and pledge to make a change with at least one single-use plastic. For details, visit https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/(external link)

Check out our Plastic Free July swaps