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Waste and resource recovery

Plastic Free July

We're ditching single-use plastics and taking part in the Plastic Free July challenge to help our community to start avoiding these plastics.

Single-use plastics are certainly in the spotlight in 2021, with a number of Australian state governments announcing bans, and the release of the Federal National Plastics Plan.

The Victorian government announced that problematic single-use plastics will be banned across Victoria by February 2023.

Single-use straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, expanded polystyrene food and drink containers, and cotton bud sticks will be banned from sale or supply in Victoria by February 2023.

A survey of 1,638 Australians (Thinkfield Research September 2020) showed that 92% of people support policies and actions to reduce plastic waste.

Plastic Free July Challenge

This year Council is taking the Plastic Free July challenge to help the community to start avoiding single-use plastics.

To participate (for free), simply visit the Plastic Free July challenge website and choose to refuse a few single use plastics. Participants will have access to a variety of resources to help reduce plastic, including access to online workshops.

Here at Mitchell Shire Council, we are also in the process of updating our catering policy and public events guide to encourage event organisers to avoid plastic wherever possible.

If you have any questions about the Single Use Plastic ban or Plastic Free July please contact Council’s Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Education officer

Community events

Beginners' guide to zero waste living

  • Sunday 27 June
  • 11am
  • Instagram live

Minimalism and zero waste living are Anita's mantras and the goals she works towards every day. She will encourage and inspire you with tips for the small steps you can make towards reducing your plastic waste consumption.

Cook along with the Zero Waste Chef

  • Saturday 3 July
  • 12noon
  • Zoom Webinar

Join the Zero Waste Chef and go shopping in your own pantry. In this hands-on demo, you will make fried rice using ingredients you already have at home. Upon registration, participants will be emailed the recipe along with confirmation. Bookings Essential.

Plastic Free Baby

  • Tuesday 20 July
  • 7pm
  • Instagram Live

Join radio host and comedian Veronica Milsom as she shares tips and stories from her mission to reduce her tiny newborn’s massive waste footprint.

Small steps to reducing plastic waste

  • Date and time TBA
  • Facebook Live

Learn how you can reduce plastic waste in a small household in challenging times.

This page was last updated on 17 September 2021.