We're phasing out single use plastics

Monday 15 July 2019

We're proud to announce that we will be the first of our council-run facilities to eliminate single-use plastics as part of councils 3-phase plan to eliminate single-use plastic across all council-run facilities by 2022. 

In the first phase of the plan, our leisure centres at Richmond and Collingwood, as well as the Fitzroy Swimming Pool and Burnley Golf Course, will no longer provide plastic water bottles or straws. Instead, new water fountains will be installed and people will be encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles. The changes are expected to be implemented by the end of this year. 

Other council-run facilities are anticipated to phase out single-use plastic by 2022.

Yarra Council voted unanimously to back the plan at its council meeting on 2 July 2019.

Yarra Mayor, Cr Danae Bosler said going plastic-free is an important step in the council’s long term ambition to become a zero waste city. 

“Single-use plastics have a terrible impact on our environment, particularly our waterways, and our community expects us to take real action on this issue.

“We’re a big supporter of the Plastic Free July campaign, so it’s critical that as a council we walk the talk on eliminating single-use plastics. We know many of our residents and businesses are also taking steps to go plastic-free.

“We’re proud to be joining with our community to kick the single-use plastic habit,” Cr Bosler said.

According to Sustainability Victoria, Australians use 4 billion single-use plastic bags each year. Of these, approximately 150 million end up in our oceans and waterways, contributing to an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped into the ocean every year. Similarly, Australians use around 1 billion takeaway hot drink cups every year, with the vast majority ending up in landfill.  

Check out Yarra’s Zero Waste Map to see local businesses that are also going plastic-free.

What is Yarra’s 3-phase plan for going single-use plastic free in council-run facilities?

Phase 1 – to be completed by December 2019

Remove single-use plastics from Yarra’s leisure facilities (Richmond Recreation Centre, Fitzroy Pool, Collingwood Leisure Centre and Burnley Golf Course), and install new water fountains at each centre. This will be accompanied by an education campaign to encourage people to bring their own reusable bottle. We will 

Phase 2 - January – September 2020

Develop a plan for removing single-use plastics from all Yarra Council venues

Phase 3 – October 2020

Begin implementing the plan to remove single-use plastics from Yarra Council venues.

How do I find out more information? 

We will be communicating more information in the coming months.

If you want to find out more information in the meantime, please email us on yarraleisure@yarracity.vic.gov.au.


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