Shire of Mundaring is supporting residents' participation in Plastic Free July. Plastic Free July is a fun challenge that encourages people to think about the amount of plastic they use in their everyday lives.
In the lead up to Plastic Free July the Shire encouraged residents to consider their use of plastic when they hosted two free community workshop in June, run by sustainability and waste educator, Lindsay Miles.
Throughout the month of July the Shire is sharing suggestions on Facebook offering simple solutions to avoid single use plastic.
The Shire's Co-ordinator Environment & Sustainability Briony Moran said "Community awareness of issues associated with plastic had significantly increased and people had come to realise that plastic bags are just the tip of the iceberg".
"While recycling is important, if we are serious about reducing plastic waste we need to avoid single use plastics, disposable items and excessive packaging" Ms Moran said. "Plastic pollution really is a global problem but it's one that every household can help solve".
As part of Plastic Free July, Shire of Mundaring is giving away re-usable shopping bags (1 per person). Free bags are available to the first 50 people who visit either the Shire Administration Office or the libraries. Stocks are strictly limited and bags will be issued on a first come first served basis.
To help residents understand the issues and what they can do to help, the Shire will host another free talk for residents on waste and recycling on Tuesday 17 July at the Shire Administration Building from 6pm-8pm.