Most plastic pollution comes from littering or overflowing bins, trucks and events, eventually becoming ‘accidental litter’. When it rains, litter goes down the drain, through stormwater pipes and out to sea. Over a long period of time, this plastic pollution breaks into smaller pieces (it never breaks down) and eventually becomes micro plastic, which pollutes our oceans and kills marine life.
Council is dedicated to a plastic free Northern Beaches and deliver a number of initiatives to reduce single use plastics.
Did you know?
- Australians use approximately 3.9 billion plastic bags per year
- An estimated 420 million plastic bottles enter Australia’s marine environment every year
- Australians use an estimated 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year, 90% of which end up in landfill
- Studies predict our oceans will contain more plastics than fish by 2050
- 18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of ocean (Tangaroa Blue)
- One million plastic bottles are sold every minute globally
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Plastic free Christmas competition winners
To promote avoiding single use plastics at Christmas, we held a competition on Facebook. We had lots of entries showing lovely hand-made sustainable decorations, wrapping and gift ideas.
Entries were judged on their sustainability and how beautiful and festive they were. Five winners - each winning a $50 voucher, have been contacted.