Litter reduction – it’s all about education

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It’s Plastic Free July and Byron Shire residents are urged to commit to reducing their use of plastic.

Council’s Waste team has chosen July to launch a new weapon in its arsenal to fight litter in the form of a mobile artwork which will be taken to schools, markets, events and businesses to demonstrate the impact of litter in the Byron Shire.

Zoe White, Council’s Waste Education and Compliance Officer, said plastic pollution is an enormous problem but every person can play a part in keeping their neighbourhood clean.

“The Litter Journey artwork, designed by Emily Ehlers, takes people on a visual journey, making them think about the ultimate impact of litter entering our waterways on marine life and potentially human health as well,” Ms White said.

“Because the artwork depicts our local area people will hopefully be able to make a real connection with the ramifications of something simple like throwing a cigarette butt on the ground.

“It also looks at single use items, such as takeaway coffee cups, which are an enormous problem.

“There are 2.7 million single-use coffee cups that go to landfill every day in Australia – and we can all change this by carrying our own cups – it’s pretty easy.

“We want people to be a part of the litter and plastic solution; that’s why we developed The Litter Journey and that’s why we want people to sign up for Plastic Free July.

“It’s not too late to take part in Plastic Free July – it’s all about an individual changing their behaviour for a week or a month or ideally forever,” Ms White said.

Schools, businesses and organisations who would like to showcase The Litter Journey should contact Council.

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