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Get ready for Plastic Free July

Published on 27 May 2022
  • Environment
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  • Waste and recycling
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Take the Plastic Free July Challenge this year and see how much you can reduce your plastic waste by!

As part of our Waste, Litter and Resource Recovery Strategy 2020–2030, we are committed to ensuring that all Maroondah households have the tools and resources necessary to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.

In 2020, Plastic Free July participants collectively avoided 900 million kilograms of plastic waste that would otherwise have polluted the planet.

The Plastic Free July Challenge provides resources and ideas to help reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school and in the community.

Cr Marijke Graham of the Barngeong Ward is the Chair of the Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee and member of the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action.

For Cr Graham, Plastic Free July is one of the biggest community waste events of the year.

“Plastic Free July helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. By taking small, practical steps towards reducing plastic, we can all be part of the solution to end plastic waste once and for all.

“It’s not about being perfect or doing everything. It can be as easy as picking one single-use plastic item to avoid or swap for a reusable alternative. Many people choose to avoid the top four single-use plastics of take away coffee cups, plastic shopping bags, plastic straws and water bottles.

“Or, you might choose to ‘go for gold’ and eliminate all single-use plastics for a month.

“This could be the start of a life-changing experience for you, your family, your colleagues or your local school. So, get a group together and take on the Plastic Free July Challenge,” said Cr Graham.

Get involved

Workshop series

Join us in an interactive three-week program run by leading low-waste expert, John Rbeiz, and learn how you can be part of the plastic-free challenge and simple ways to reduce your plastic waste. 

Gearing up for Plastic Free July - Introductory webinar

Monday 20 June
6.30pm to 7.30pm

Join this session to learn more about John’s low-waste journey and his four simple steps to achieve low-waste living. 

Gearing up for a plastic free July - Four steps to low-waste workshop

Monday 27 June
6.30pm to 8pm
Maroondah Federation Estate, Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood.

Whether you're looking to get started or take your efforts to a whole next level, this workshop is designed to move you into action right away. In this 90-minute session, you will get the guidance to develop your own low-waste plan, and answers to all those questions related to zero-waste living.

Gearing up for a plastic free July - Check in on your low-waste journey

Monday 4 July
6.30pm to 7.30pm

It's nearly a week into Plastic Free July, and in this participatory session you will get to share your experience, your wins and your challenges. You will also hear from others and benefit from their discoveries along the way. With the right blend of motivation and information, John will make sure you leave the session ready to complete your Plastic Free July challenge.

Zero Waste Living

Wednesday 13 July
2pm to 3pm.
Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon.

Come along and learn how you can begin reducing waste at home. From the kitchen to the laundry, our presenters will provide you with a range of ideas to both reduce your waste and recycle correctly. 

To book into one of the sessions, please visit our School and community waste education page

Enter our Plastic Free July compeition

Make a pledge to help end plastic waste and you could win one of our Plastic Free July prizes!

To enter:

  • Make a pledge about how you’re going to reduce your plastic waste.
  • Photograph yourself holding the pledge or show us your pledge in action!
  • Submit your competition entry online by Tuesday 31 July 2022

Visit the Plastic Free July webpage on our website for ideas and inspiration and to enter the competition!

Enter online

Find out more about the competition.

Waste resources at Realm

Visit Realm Library throughout the month of July to learn more about reducing waste and plastics use. Books for a variety of ages will be on display on Level 1.

Sign up to our waste event newsletter to find out about free upcoming seminars, workshops, competitions and events as well as information on educational presentations for schools and community groups.

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