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Be a part of the single-use plastic solution

Published on 30 June 2021

The City of Ryde is committed to helping reduce the amount of single-use plastic that is used in the community.  

Single-use plastic waste is generated from residential, commercial establishments and other organisations, much of which goes to landfill. 

Plastic is a versatile and useful product which has enhanced the daily operations in our lives, and the correct recycling of plastics will ensure that the plastics can have a second life. 

However, the incorrect disposal of plastics has far-reaching impacts on the environment including our waterways and our communities. Once in the environment, plastics take hundreds of years to degrade, often breaking into smaller parts (microplastics) which can harm wildlife.

There are, however, alternatives to using single-use plastics and other solutions we as a community can do. Below are some useful tips to assist avoiding plastics:

  • BYO reusable containers to take your leftovers 
  • BYO reusable coffee cups, cutlery and straws 
  • Bring reusable bags when shopping 
  • Use a reusable water bottle
  • Plan ahead and ask your local butcher or food supplier if they accept reusable plastic containers.  

If you forget to bring your own items, ask for a paper alternative which can be recycled, or composted.

If you are ready to take on an extra challenge of reducing single-use plastics, try going plastic free for the month of July by taking part in the Plastic Free July Challenge

For more information about how to start or further your journey to being plastic free please visit Council’s Be Fantastic! Cut Single-Use Plastic website.

Last updated on 13 July 2021