Name: WA Plastic Free.
Community: Perth, WA
Project Initiated: November 2018.
On-ground commencement: March 2019.
Project Model: Area model, only open to food retailers, markets and events in selected council areas (currently Bassendean and Bayswater, with view to expand).
Co-ordinator: Amy Matheson.
Social Media: @waplasticfree.
Project Partners: Town of Bassendean, WA Waste Authority.
Funding Bodies: WA Waste Authority.
One of our newest projects, in operation since March 2019. Find out more in our 2019 Half-Yearly Report below. Note that current on-ground work has been greatly reduced from Aug 31 2019 due to funding constraints.
Our current impact (as at Nov 1, 2019) is...
*Plastic Free Champions are members that have eliminated all of our key plastic items (straws, coffee cups & lids, takeaway containers & lids, food ware (cutlery, plates, cups etc), water bottles & bags).
Engaged with the WA Food Truck Association and are working towards their 300+ members joining the program as a requirement of membership with the association.
Created a list of plastic free food vendors for all events in Perth to access.
Signed up most food retail businesses in in initial area of operation (Town of Bassendean) and approached City of Bayswater and City of Swan to expand the program into adjoining areas.
Worked with the Old Perth Road Markets to transition their food vendors, implement plastic free policies and create composting solutions.
‘Thank you so much for your time and support in changing the Old Perth Rd markets in Bassendean to a plastic free event. It's not an easy task to change such a big event the way you have especially given we have so many stakeholders involved. Many of the stallholders have come to me with such wonderful feedback on how you have supported them in their change to becoming plastic free. Looking back at all of the stalls we have and items they sell, you have drastically reduced the plastic usage. The community have really appreciated the change too! We have been so fortunate to have you support and guide us in this process. Not only have you changed the Old Perth Rd markets to a plastic free event it has pushed the Council to make all Council events Plastic free now too’. OLD PERTH ROAD MARKETS, BASSENDEAN