THE WA PLASTIC FREE PLAN
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 up to us and we assist them work towards eliminating their single-use plastic items and replacing them with identified reusable or compostable alternatives. Those who significantly reduce their plastic use become 'Plastic Free Champions'. We have developed resources to help, including information on sourcing alternative products, material and certificates to display to customers, as well as created a system of promotional benefits to reward achievements.
Individuals can also sign up, reduce their own plastic and help to support our local 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 and less littered Bassendean and a more aware and prouder community that identifies as a leader in environmental stewardship.
4.) To assist with the improvement of Bassendean's waste collection services, creating new business opportunities and new generation resource management infrastructure.
5.) To implement a plastic free system that can be extended to include other communities and sectors over time.
our aim in the first year is for:
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
While we have set our current targets for 2019, we plan for the project will continue to grow after this date, with new targets being set every year.
measuring our success
The success of the plan will be measured on the number of local businesses/events/markets who sign up as members, and the amount of plastic items removed from use by our members (though an audit of members’ procurement).