2018 Media Releases
Willoughby City Council plastic free
05 September 2018
The Willoughby City Council has passed a historic motion to remove single-use plastics from all Council operations. Each year more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans and over 90% are single use items.
Single-use plastic items include cups, plates, cutlery, bottles, straws and balloons.
The motion was unanimously approved at the Council meeting on 13 August 2018. Internal facing Council operations will remove all single-use plastics from 1 October 2018 with the external ban; including public events, commencing on 1 January 2019.
All single-use plastic has already been removed from the Council’s office building in Chatswood. Collected plastics will be recycled at Terracycle and Reverse Garbage, as well as upcycled at community workshops. Further steps, including removal of single-use plastic at Council’s community facilities and engagement with event stall holders, will begin soon.
The move to ban all single-use plastics is just one of many Willoughby City Council environmental initiatives. As part of Plastic Free July, Willoughby City Council, in partnership with Ku-ring-gai Council and North Sydney Council, launched a campaign through their Better Business Partnership called Bye-Bye Plastic.
Council has also diverted more than 224,790kg of hazardous material and 137,000kg of e-waste from landfill since February 2017 via the Community Recycling Centre in Artarmon. More than 40% of red-bin waste is processed for compost in a brand new alternative waste solution.
“During consultation for Our Future Willoughby, 2028 we received over 6,000 public comments from our residents overwhelmingly identifying that they want Willoughby to be a leader in sustainability,” Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said. “The removal of single-use plastics is just one of Council’s commitments to strengthen Willoughby as a green city,” she said.
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