The Mid-Western Regional Council is challenging the local community to give up plastic for a month as part of Plastic Free July.
As part of the challenge, local households, businesses and schools are being asked to refuse single use plastic (such as plastic shopping bags) for the entire month of July.
The initiative aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenge communities to find ways to get by without it.
The council is working with stores in Mudgee, Rylstone, Kandos and Gulgong to provide a limited number of customers with reusable bags throughout the month as part of the initiative.
A few other ways you can contribute to the initiative include (from the Plastic Free July website):
- Avoiding products in plastic packaging (choose alternatives)
- Reducing where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
- Refusing plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
- Recycling what cannot be avoided
Plastic is becoming a major environmental concern that is littering our waterways and harming wildlife. It can also end up being transferred to the food chain. There are many reasons why we need to find ways to reduce plastic use and it can be as simple as finding ways to use less plastic in our day-to-day lives.
To find out more about the challenge visit – www.plasticfreejuly.org – and help make Mudgee plastic free for July and the future.