Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July® is recognised globally as an annual month of global change, where individuals, businesses and governments come together to take action to reduce plastic waste. By sharing ideas, positive actions and stories of change, Plastic Free July helps people and organisations “choose to refuse” single-use plastic everyday.

Every small step we take to avoid single-use plastic can make a big difference towards: 

  • Protecting the ocean  
  • Reducing consumption and production and avoiding landfill waste  
  • Reducing human health impacts  
  • Connecting communities  and driving systemic change.

As a Council Member, we are actively involved in supporting our community to choose to refuse single-use plastics directly as well as pledging to make a difference by:

  • participating in grant funded projects to support reusable use in the community, such as reusable sanitary and incontinence products, nappies program and reusable coffee cups
  • developing Plastic Free Events Guideline for food and beverage vendors and event organisers in Whitehorse
  • running waste wise events through out Smarter Living Program
  • ongoing education to schools, businesses and the community
  • supporting businesses, the community and council to transition and comply to the single-use plastic ban.
  • committing to reducing waste and working towards delivering zero waste events used in Council operations and services; at Council facilities; and at events run by Council and events held on Council land.

Together, we can all do our part to help end plastic waste and alleviate the recycling crisis, reduce landfill waste, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

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

It can be as easy as picking one single-use plastic item to avoid or swap for a reusable alternative. 

Get started with this Action Picker ( PDF 88.25KB) to browse some popular ideas and make your pledge!