The locally based natural resource management organisation, Tamar NRM and the recently created community group, Plastic Free Launceston have joined forces to address plastic pollution of our waterways, oceans and landscapes.
The President of Tamar NRM, Roger Tyshing said “We are really excited to be working with Plastic Free Launceston. They are a really proactive group dedicated to reducing plastic waste through helping individuals and businesses identify plastic free options which will hopefully reduce the amount of single use plastic products.”
“Tamar NRM has a long history of being proactive in addressing community issues starting in the early 2000s when we were one of the drivers of the wood heater buy-back initiative that significantly reduced wood smoke air pollution in the Tamar Valley.”
Plastic Free Launceston will operate as a working group of Tamar NRM enabling it to run activities and events and apply for grants while being able to remain focused on changing people’s behaviours in the use and disposal of plastics. Plastic Free Launceston have been effective already in assisting businesses to source alternatives to single use plastics such as plastic cups and plastic straws and encouraging people to make and use their own re-useable shopping bags.
Trish Haeusler, the convenor of Plastic Free Launceston said, “Working with Tamar NRM allows us to have some formal structure and support around the group which has grown enormously in the last 3 months. The approach we take is to start positive community conversations about how to deal with the growing environmental impact caused by single use plastics – those plastics that are used once then thrown away. When visiting schools, community groups and businesses, or when conducting workshops, practical information is discussed about how a few simple changes in behaviour can help reduce plastic pollution.”
“We are also pleased to promote the growing number of retailers, schools and community groups that have taken actions to reduce single use plastics, these include: cafes replacing plastic straws with paper straws, businesses not using, or phasing out plastic bags, schools putting on a ‘nude food’ day and local makers producing plastic free products.”
Before the end of the year Plastic Free Launceston will be running its final workshops that are free and open to the public. Dates and venues can be seen on the Plastic free Launceston Facebook page or Tamar NRM website.
PO Box 396, Launceston TAS 7250
Phone: 03 6323-3310
Greg Lundstrom, Program Co-ordinator, Tamar NRM PO Box 396, Launceston TAS 7250