Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Northern Beaches Council is urging everyone to get behind World Environment Day, today 5 June, by ditching plastic and swapping it for sustainable alternatives.

As part of its Swap This For That campaign, Council is asking people to make the change and help wipe out the use of single-use plastics on the Northern Beaches.

The focus of the campaign is on eliminating the use of the ‘Big 4’ - plastic bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups – and to opt for sustainable alternatives.

Switching to reusables is surprisingly easy and also comes with the feel-good factor, knowing you are doing something positive for the environment.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is #BeatPlasticPollution, which is aimed at shining the spotlight on overuse of single-use plastics, and highlighting the damage plastics cause to the environment, in particular the oceans. 

A University of Connecticut study estimated that the world’s oceans contain a minimum of 5.25 trillion plastic particles, weighing 268,940 tonnes.

Swap This For That is one of the many ways Council is targeting single-use plastics, including its Waste Minimisation at Functions and Events Policy and Single Use Plastics policies.

Many Council staff have been issued with glass reusable water bottles and coffee cups, which could save thousands of non-recyclable cups winding up in landfill every year.