Every July, millions of people around the world decide to stop using single-use plastics as part of the global Plastic Free July movement. In an effort to support this initiative, we've been working with local businesses in Boroondara.

Plastic free business pilot program

We have been running a pilot program with hospitality and food traders in Camberwell to help them avoid or reduce single-use plastics. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions the rollout of this program is now postponed. When it starts again, we will continue working with the Boomerang Alliance and partnering with the Camberwell Centre Traders Association and Camberwell Fresh Food Market to deliver the program.

Participating businesses will receive dedicated support to eliminate single-use plastic items. They will also receive support to reduce and/or replace single-use plastic items with a more sustainable alternative.

If the pilot program is successful, we will look at rolling out a program to support all businesses in Boroondara with reducing single-use plastics.

You can help support these local businesses and encourage them on their journey to reducing plastic waste by shopping locally.

Participating businesses

We will update you about this program, including any new businesses that sign up, after restrictions ease. We expect to start the program again in early 2022. Please check this page for more updates.

If you’re a hospitality or food trader in Camberwell and are interested in taking part in the program, contact our Environmental Sustainability team at [email protected] or on (03) 9278 4444.

Ban on single-use plastics

According to the Victorian Government, single-use plastic items make up about one-third of the volume of our state’s litter. Avoiding single-use plastics is the best way to help reduce plastic pollution and protect our health, wildlife and the environment.  

By 2023, the Victorian Government will be banning single-use plastics at bars, cafes and restaurants. This ban aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste sent to landfill, including:

  • plastic straws
  • plastic plates
  • plastic cutlery
  • plastic drink stirrers
  • polystyrene containers.

You can find more information about the ban on the Victorian Government website.

Ways to reduce single-use plastics in your business

Making the switch away from single-use plastics sooner can:

  • benefit your business 
  • help to attract new customers 
  • protect the environment.

We have some tips for reducing single-use plastics in your business:

  • Brainstorm with your staff about ways you can reduce single-use plastics and make a plan. 
  • Think about what you are giving out and what plastic products and/or packaging you can avoid, reduce or replace with sustainable alternatives. It's better to go for reusable options rather than disposables – even if they are compostable. Have a chat with your suppliers about whether they have alternatives.
  • Ask customers to bring in their own reusable coffee cups, take away containers and bags. 
  • Spread the word and get your customers on board. The more people who are aware of the issue and the solutions the bigger the impact! This can include social media and shop signage.

Download our shop signage resources to help reduce single-use plastics in your business

For the latest COVID-19 hospitality (food and beverage services) sector guidance, visit the Victorian Government website.

More information

Find out more about reducing plastic waste in your business on the Plastic Free July website

For tips on avoiding single-use plastics and waste more broadly, see our Avoiding waste page.

You can also find out more information by contacting our Environmental Sustainability team at [email protected] or on (03) 9278 4444.

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