Today marks the start of Plastic Free July – a global campaign that runs annually from 1 – 31 July, helping millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.
Single-use plastic takeaway items such as straws, stirrers, cutlery, coffee cups, containers and heavyweight bags are amongst the most littered and wasteful items in Australia and threaten both wildlife and habitat.
After many years of community action to reduce plastic pollution, in March this year, the Queensland Parliament unanimously passed the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill. The bill bans certain problem single-use plastics, commonly found in litter and in landfill.
From 1 September 2021, plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates and bowls and expanded polystyrene cups and containers will be banned in Queensland. These are amongst the most littered items in Queensland. Banning these plastic items will reduce littering and help alter our bad plastic habits.
The Queensland Government intends to add other plastic items such as coffee cups/lids, other plastic takeaway items and heavyweight plastic bags after further investigation.
Take the Plastic Free July Challenge
But we don’t have to wait for September! This July, will you take the Plastic Free July Challenge to reduce plastic waste? Just head to the Plastic Free July website (https://www.plasticfreejuly.org) to join up and take action. You have many options from getting started to going plastic-free and plenty of things in between.
Wildlife Queensland Plastic Free July 2021 Competition
To celebrate Plastic Free July 2021, Wildlife Queensland is offering the chance to WIN! Just tell us what you’re doing to reduce plastic waste this July in 100 words or less to WIN 1 of 5 great prize packs.
Head to our Plastic Free July 2021 Competition web page to find out more and enter.
The competition is open from 1 – 31 July 2021.