Town becomes first WA council to adopt Plastic Free Places program

Published on 27 July 2020

Plastic Free Places

In partnership with WA Plastic Free, the Town of Victoria Park is adopting the Plastic Free Places program, making the Town the first local government in the state to be part of the nation-wide initiative. 

The program has been developed with the aim to encourage and assist businesses - food outlets, events and markets - to switch from single-use plastics to better alternatives. 

Town of Victoria Park Mayor Karen Vernon said: “This program is an exciting opportunity to support up to 20 local cafes and restaurants to start or enhance their plastic free journey.” 

“Late last year, our Council banned single-use plastics and polystyrene at Council buildings, Council-run events and all market stalls held on Council land to lead a plastic free Vic Park movement.” 

“We are now proud to be extending our plastic free commitment to initially help up to 20 of our local cafes and restaurants interested in this initiative to be successful Plastic Free Champions.” 

Mayor Vernon explained that the Plastic Free Places program also offers participating local eateries with business support and promotional opportunities. 

“Together with WA Plastic Free, this program has been developed to also help our businesses to address any barriers to transition, develop strategies to reduce costs and access organised discounts for approved products.” 

“Throughout the program, we will also help to share stories highlighting the involvement and achievements of participating businesses to our residents, community and the WA public.”  

WA Plastic Free coordinator, Amy Matheson, congratulated the Town for being the first council in the state to take up the initiative. 

“WA Plastic Free is excited to have the Town of Victoria Park be part of the Plastic Free Places initiative,” said Ms Matheson. 

“Since our program started and as more people show a preference towards plastic free options, over 350 businesses nationwide have taken up this initiative, helping to eliminate over five million plastic items.” 

“We are now looking forward to working with local cafes and restaurants in the Town of Victoria Park to set a great example in WA on how businesses and communities can actively be involved in and benefit from being plastic free.” 

Over a six-month period, the Plastic Free Places program will offer participating local businesses expert consultation to identify plastic free barriers, solutions and strategies, and associated promotional support.

For more information and to apply to be part of the program visit victoriapark.wa.gov.au/plasticfreeplaces