The WA Plastic Free project has a goal in 2019 to reduce the use of identified single-use plastic packaging in the food retail, market and event sectors within (initially) the project's pilot community of Bassedean, Perth. 

The project involves Bassendean Council, local businesses, media, community groups, event organisers and active individuals. 

To achieve this, we engage directly with food outlets, events, markets and other organisations to switch from single-use plastics to better alternatives. Our main focus is on reducing six single-use plastic itemswhich represent the most problematic and prolific sources of the litter stream. The identified items are; water bottles, straws, coffee cups/lids, takeaway containers, food ware (cutlery, plates, cups etc) and plastic bags. These problem plastics also have alternative solutions available. In time this list of items and the sectors we operate in may expand.

how it works

Food retailers, markets and events join as a member and we assist them to reduce (with view to eliminating) these single-use plastic items, replacing them with reusable or compostable alternatives. We address barriers that commonly prevent businesses from successfully transitioning, and make the switch as easy and straightforward as possible. 

When recommending alternatives, we do so in line with our policy on single-use plastic and alternatives

Those businesses who significantly reduce their plastic use can become certified by us as 'Plastic Free Champions'.

our goals are:

  • the food retail sector to eliminate their use of our six identified single-use plastic items, replacing them with reusable or 100% compostable alternatives.

  • festivals, events and markets to go plastic-free. 

  • individuals to reduce their plastic use and support our business members.

our objectives are:


1.) Promotion of the program to all food retailers, markets and events in Bassendean and the opportunity given for them to become members.

2.) A minimum 50% overall (total) reduction in single-use plastic use by members by 31st August 2019.

3.) A cleaner, less littered, more aware and prouder community that identifies as a leader in environmental stewardship.

4.) To implement a plastic free system that can be extended to include other communities and sectors over time. 

measuring our success

The success of the plan is measured by the number of businesses who sign up to the program, and the amount of plastic items removed from use by our members.

We obtain ordering data from members and calculate how many plastic items they have eliminated since starting the program.