This September the QLD Government banned the supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates, bowls, cutlery, and expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups. This is an important step forward in the fight against plastic waste and pollution.
According to the QLD Government, half of all plastic produced in the world is designed to be used only once—and then thrown away. This is a huge contributor to the 300 million tonnes of plastic waste created every year, almost equivalent to the weight of the entire human population.
Goodbye plastic. Hello refill.
Whilst single-use plastic drink bottles are not banned, there are better ways for the community to enjoy drinking water. Better ways to enjoy getting the good old H2O without negatively impacting the environment and world around us. Better ways to enjoy the healthy goodness of fresh drinking water.
Water bottle refill stations and drinking fountains allow the community to reduce, reuse, recycle and refresh. Refilling bottles at water stations – instead of buying overpriced, single-use plastic water bottles – is fast becoming a popular, sustainable, and more affordable alternative to plastic.
Actions for Queenslanders
There are plenty of things Queenslanders can do (and are doing!) to reduce the use of single-use plastics and plastic waste. Some simple actions/tips that really make a difference include:
- purchasing reusable products over disposable ones
- choosing products with less plastic packaging
- choosing products made from recycled materials
- recycling as many plastic products as you can through your kerbside recycling bin or outdoor recycling bins
- return your drink containers at a Containers for Change refund point
- remember ‘soft, scrunchable’ plastics don’t go in kerbside recycling bins but can be returned to REDcycle bins at participating supermarkets
- avoid unnecessary plastic products like balloons (including plastic clips and sticks), ribbons and tickertape.
Can we help you say no to plastic water bottles and yes to refill?
Reach out today!