Council adopts new policy to reduce single-use plastic use
Published on 09 May 2019
The City of Ryde continues to lead the way in protecting the local environment after it adopted its first-ever Reduce Single Use Plastic Policy.
The policy officially prohibits the use of single-use plastic at Council events and phases out their use in all Council operations and Council-sponsored events over the next year.
Council will also undertake a waste education program as part of the policy to assist local businesses and community organisations to reduce their use of single-use plastics.
City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale said the new policy would help ensure plastics did not end up in local waterways like the Parramatta and Lane Cover rivers.
“To help the community join in the fight against waste, Council has installed filtered water refill stations at 24 popular locations around our City. Each have a water fountain, bottle refill point and some also include a dog bowl,” Clr Laxale said.
“In 2018, water consumption from the refill stations equated to 22,668 litres, which is equivalent to 37,780 standard plastic water bottles that have not ended up in our ecosystem.”