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Why Be Plastic Free?

Everyday, each of us make a choice—we can choose to succumb to the throw-away convenience lifestyle of take-away coffee cups, plastic straws and cutlery, plastic bags and plastic drink bottles, OR, we can choose to take a step back and think consciously about what these ‘convenience’ items really mean for our environment, including our rivers, bushland, parks and wildlife. Those short-term conveniences are actually a very long-term inconvenience for the future of our planet.

The Bag It movie is a story of a mans journey of discovery into plastic and just how much it consumes our lives and impacts the planet.  You can watch the movie here.

Get Involved and Take Action.

Choose to refuse single use plastics.  More information can be found at plasticfreejuly.org.You can take the Plastic Free July Challenge.  Plastic Free July is a simple campaign designed to get us thinking more about the abundance of single use plastic in our lives.

At any time you can sign up whether it be for a day, a week or the whole month and try to refuse single-use plastic.

This means refusing plastic whenever you are presented with it e.g: plastic bags (take your own re-usable bag), plastic straws (just say no thank you), plastic water bottles (take your own re-usable water bottle) and/or plastic lined coffee cups (use a re-usable cup/mug).

Try to remember to take your re-usable bags/bottles/coffee mugs with you when you go out. Keep some re-usable bags in your car and always keep your re-fillable water bottles handy.

Further Information

Contact: Waste Education Officer or Sustainability Officer

Phone: 02 4868 0888


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Tips On How To Be Plastic Free

Learning how to live without single-use plastic means changing behaviours and habits, which can sometimes be difficult. There are lots of resources available to help you avoid or reduce the use of plastics in your life.  

We are fortunate to have some inspiring residents who are achieving great things when it comes to reducing their reliance on plastic.

Read Claire's story, "My zero waste journey in the Southern Highlands" and discover how she overcame some of the challenges of reducing plastic in her life.

Council has purchased a number of plastic free themed books that you can borrow from our libraries.

There are so many resources out there on how to reduce our dependence on plastics, both single use and other types of plastics. The Plastic Free July team have done a great job in collating many of these resources under one website. So, visit Plastic Free July to discover how you can go beyond the month of July and live a life free of plastics.

DownloadPDFGuide to Soft Plastic Recycling at the RRC

DownloadPDFReduce Waste Flyer

DownloadPDFSoft Plastic Recycling Flyer

 Did you know? 

  • There is an estimated 500 million plastic straws used every day*
  • In 2015, Australians consumed 726 million litres of bottled water*
  • It takes 250ml of oil and three litres of water to make one litre of bottled water*
  • Australia only recycled 36% of PET plastic drink bottles, meaning 373 million plastic water bottles end up as waste each year*
  • Bottled water requires up to 2000 times more energy to produce than tap water*

  • Australians consume an estimated 1 billion takeaway hot drink cups each year!*


  • Plastic Free July 
  • Cool Australia
  • Clean Up Australia Day Bottled Water Fact Sheet 2015
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Queensland
  • Sustainability Victoria

Last Updated: June 22nd, 2020
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