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Council supports Plastic Free July, and you can too.

As a Council Member, Lane Cove is actively involved in supportingPFJ-Badge-Council-Member-2022.jpg our community to choose to refuse single-use plastics directly as well as pledging to make a difference by eliminating single-use plastics from our meetings and events, promoting reusable coffee cups through our partnership with Huskee Coffee Swap and encouraging residents to make the swap.

Together, we can all do our part to help end plastic waste and alleviate the recycling crisis, reduce landfill waste, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Plastic Free July challenge provides resources and ideas to help participants (millions around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and in the community. 

Ready to join the Lane Cove community in taking the Plastic Free July challenge?

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 4 single-use plastics:

  • Take-away coffee cups

  • Plastic shopping bags

  • Plastic straws

  • Water bottles 

Get started with this Action Picker to browse some popular ideas and make your pledge!

Visit the Plastic Free July website for more ideas and resources.

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On Thursday 26 May, Council was recognised at the Local Government Professionals Awards with a Highly Commended Award for Environmental Leadership. 

Council's Award submission entitled EmPOWERING a                                     Cli2022 Highly Commended.pngmate Resilient Community highlighted Council's leadership through: 

  • Short-term energy emission and water use targets;

  • Climate resilience;

  • Our electric vehicle network; and

  • Urban forest strategy/tree canopy tools. 

It's great to receive industry recognition for Lane Cove's leadership in this area – we know there's still plenty more work to be done in this area and we look forward to working with the community to deliver on this.

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The countdown is on for the single use plastics ban

The NSW Government is banning certain single-use plastic items. This will prevent nearly 2.7 billion plastic items from entering the coastal, marine, and bushland environments of NSW over the next 20 years.

From the 1st of June 2022, the supply of lightweight shopping bags will be banned in NSW. From the 1st of November 2022, the supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, bowls, and plates and expanded polystyrene food service items will be banned in NSW. Council will be supporting businesses to prepare for these changes. In the meantime you can assist businesses by remembering your reusable coffee cup and bag whenever you're visiting your local café and shops.

Visit the NSW Governments website for more information.

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Sustainable Lane Cove 

Take two minutes to watch this video where we share an important message about how you can help make a difference in the community by living more sustainably. You’ll also find out more about the emissions and water reduction targets for Lane Cove and the practical actions you can take to help.

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