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Single use plastics on the way out at Georges River Council


Following on the success of its Plastic-free July initiative held in conjunction with Georges Riverkeeper, Georges River Council is banning single-use plastic carry bags and straws at Council-owned venues and facilities and Council-run functions and events.

Councillor Con Hindi submitted a Motion at the Council Meeting on 23 July which aimed to address ocean and river pollution and the threat to marine wildlife.

Plastic straws have been removed from the Marana Auditorium and the Councillor’s Suite and replaced with paper straws.

Councillor Hindi expressed his keenness for this initiative to gain momentum among other organisations and businesses in the area, saying “Council encourages local business and other organisations to implement a similar ban. This is an issue that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“Scientists have predicted that there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish in the sea by 2050.

“Council is saying no to plastic straws, and further, no single use plastic carry bags will be issued at our facilities.

“Importantly, future Council events will require stallholders and sponsors to agree to new terms and conditions which prevent single-use plastics being used or distributed, and this extends to the use of balloons.

“Council is leading by example, and will strive to continue to reduce its environmental footprint,” added Councillor Hindi.

The Plastic-free July initiative saw residents, Council staff and families attending reusable bag-making workshops and learning how to make their own beeswax wraps, along with collecting the single-use plastics they could not avoid throughout the month of July.

For more information, please visit Council's website or call 9330 6400.
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