Keep Cups are here!

PlasticFree, Sustainability, Waste

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Every minute around the world, over one million disposable cups are discarded.

Help Council reduce our landfill contribution by purchasing a reusable glass cup, available from the Customer Service desk from today. Cups are only $10 each – that’s a saving of more than 50% off the recommended retail price!

A number of council departments contributed funds to enable our group to purchase 240 cups. We are selling these cups below cost price to encourage staff to minimise their use of disposable cups. If 200 staff were using KeepCups annually, we would reduce our environmental footprint by diverting almost 66 thousand cups from landfill!

All money raised will be used to fund future sustainability projects.

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Clean Up Australia Day 2016

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Thursday 10th of March Greater Shepparton City Council participated in Clean Up Australia’s Business Clean Up Day. Fifteen fantastic (staff) volunteers participated in the clean up collecting over 100KG of waste in just under 2 hours in extreme humidity! Significant amounts of plastic and glass bottles as well as other recyclables and landfill waste was collected. Volunteers cleaned up around Marungi street, along the Goulburn River and around Princess Park.

Clean Up Australia Day is now in its twenty sixth year, it is a bittersweet event – it is amazing that people are willing to give up their time to help rid the earth of litter but its really sad that we need to dedicate an entire day each year to this. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Clean Up Aus Day was no longer necessary?

Sixteen clean up events happened across Greater Shepparton from local community groups, schools, businesses and individuals getting involved. Tonnes of waste was collected with help of the Parks Victoria and our local community taking action.

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Change One Thing

PlasticFree, Recycling, Sustainability, Waste

CHANGE 1 THING

Below is a list of relatively small changes that everyone can do to start making the world better. Change ONE thing from what you normally do. Just one. Then the hope is that one will turn into two, or more. And while this is by no means the complete list of what you can be doing, it’s a start. A super easy start.

KEEP CUP

Saying NO –BYO coffee cup
I’m not going to tell you not to have coffee, but in Australia, we bin around 1 billion coffee cups every year, generating over 7,000 tonnes of waste –whaaaaat!
CHANGE ONE thing
Get yourself a reusable cup. There are some pretty good looking ones out there. Keep it in your bag, at home or at work and BYO everywhere you go. Some cafes even give you a discount if you have one.

FOOD SHPPING

Food Shopping  –When it comes to your weekly food shop, just be a little more aware about packaging, plastic and knowing where your food comes from. Australians throw away about 7,150 recyclable plastic bags a minute. Around the world we use and throw away 1 trillion every year. CHANGE ONE thing – Often fruit and veg already  have its own natural packaging, avoid plastic bags or purchase reusable veggie bags.

Ditch the disposable


Ditch the disposable –
Some 100 billion disposable pieces of plastic cutlery are used and thrown out every year. Parts of the ocean are turning into plastic soup. The culprits? Takeaway containers, water bottles, straws, plastic bags and plastic cups. Items we often only use once!
CHANGE ONE thing – Say no to plastic bags, extra napkins and cutlery. If you’re going back home or to work to eat your takeaway use the cutlery there and take your own container. If you’re clothes shopping, put bought items in your own bag, or get one bag and put everything in there.

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Kill the plastic wrapping –The notorious line up of plastic wrap/cling film/tin foil/aluminium foil/sandwich bags is made from energy intensive resources and often people use them for single, wasteful uses. Take the plastic covering your leftovers. After its binned it most likely will end up in landfill. Change ONE thing –STOP using plastic wrap invest in Tupperware, use old takeaway containers, wash and reuse sandwich bags and get more uses from your tin foil.

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Say BYE to bottled water – Water has to be pumped out of the ground, packaged, transported and chilled before it gets to us. This creates over 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year in Australia alone. We could actually just get it from the tap. Change ONE thing – Buy a reusable water bottle and take it everywhere you go. Refill it at cafes, restaurants or parks. Who wants to pay for bottled water when there is a much cheaper alternative?

You can do it! By now, you might be feeling something unfamiliar. Maybe you’ve even fist pumped the air. It’s a little thing called eco enthusiasm. Share it far and wide!

Sources: Images and content taken from HERE

Plastic Free July – Take the Challenge

Sustainability, Waste

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What is plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it!

Why Participate?

  • Australians send 1 million tonnes of plastic to landfill each year. And a lot of that ends up as litter.
  • Chemicals in plastic can have harmful effects on our health.

The Rules:

    1. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.
    2. Remember it’s not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition so don’t worry about being perfect.
    3. Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy. Keep in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of the challenge.
    4. It’s up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer! However long you choose will still make a contribution.

Join thousands of people from over 70 countries saying NO to single-use plastic this July. Accept the challenge HERE. 

Think about it, why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and you’re just going to throw it away. What’s up with that?” – Jeb Berrier