July is here and for us at the City Renewal Authority that means we’re taking on the challenge of refusing to use single use plastic wherever possible. We’re aiming to reduce our waste to landfill and avoid unnecessary plastic in the environment by refusing plastic whenever we’re presented with it in our office and also at our events we’re hosting this month. Plastic free July is a global movement that encourages people to ‘choose to refuse’ single-use plastic and instead find alternatives that can become new habits for life.
Throughout the month of July, we’ve got some exciting events lined up including Wintervention and the Haig Park Experiments. We will be making every effort in our own office as well at these events to be single-use plastic-free, with suitable alternatives for typical single-use plastic items (such as cups and cutlery).
Within our office we already have a number of waste streams (paper and cardboard, recyclables and organic food waste is collected for a worm farm) but we wondered what else we could do to reduce our waste to landfill? Our building manager has provided Soft Plastics collection bins for us to trial. The soft plastics are diverted from landfill and are reused by a company that turns them into objects like park benches, bollards and furniture.
If you’d like to get involved in the initiative or just want to know what you can do in your own workplace or on an individual level to reduce your plastic waste, visit the Plastic Free July website or consider the below alternatives:
Share the month’s wins and challenges with us on social media this month – we’ll be keeping you in the loop with how we’re going too – both in the office and at our events. Follow @CityRenewalCBR on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.