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What’s the challenge? Plastic Free July - choose to refuse

Hauraki District Council has put out the challenge to our wider Hauraki communities to join us and take part in Plastic Free July. We’re ‘walking the talk’ and going plastic free for a month, as well as providing you with information and links to educational material to help you cut down plastic waste at home and at work.

What’s the Plastic Free July campaign all about?

Plastic Free July is a worldwide challenge to choose to refuse single-use plastic for one month to see how much plastic waste can be reduced, creating new waste-reducing habits.

How does the Plastic Free July challenge work?

It’s a personal challenge that’s part of a global effort to clean up our oceans, our streets and our planet. It has enabled millions of people to take small, daily actions and create long-lasting habits that minimise single-use plastic.

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How do I get started?

One change can go a long way – a good way to start is by choosing one single-use plastic to avoid. It’s all about noticing your plastic purchases and choosing better alternatives. The most popular choices are switching from plastic wrapped to loose produce, and choosing to refuse straws and plastic water bottles.sushi2 md

What else can I do?

Reducing single-use plastic is easy – just bring your own reusable bags, coffee cups and containers, and choose to refuse single-use plastic bags, plastic take-away containers and plastic drinking straws.

In the workplace, bringing your own reusable container is a great alternative to coffee cups, sushi containers and water bottles, which are just some of the items that fill up rubbish bins.

Why not just throw my plastic waste in the rubbish bin?

The global ‘disposable culture’ of using once and disposing of plastic is contributing to an environmental crisis. Virtually every piece of plastic ever manufactured still exists in some form today.

Reducing plastic waste by not buying it to start with is significantly better than sending it to landfill or trying to remove it from our oceans, streets or surrounding environment.

How did the Plastic Free July challenge start?

It started with humble beginnings, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small team in Western Australia decided to refuse single-use plastic for a month in 2011. It has since grown to be one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world. Millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to plastic reduction far beyond the month of July.

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But aren't Council’s yellow rubbish bags made from plastic?

Yes, we know we could be doing better ourselves, which is why we’ve taken up the Plastic Free July challenge, which includes looking into affordable and sustainable alternatives to our yellow rubbish bags that could be phased in over time.