'Plastic Free July' campaign in Kingston

Campaign: Kingston Small Steps organisers Liz Wingard (left) and Phyllis Zwar have worked with council's Tess Armfied to organise the 'Plastic Free July' campaign.
Campaign: Kingston Small Steps organisers Liz Wingard (left) and Phyllis Zwar have worked with council's Tess Armfied to organise the 'Plastic Free July' campaign.

The Plastic Free July campaign will be run in Kingston next month through Kingston SE Small Steps and Kingston District Council.

The campaign is a global movement that involves millions of people working to prevent plastic pollution from impacting on communities.

Small Steps and Kingston District Council have worked together to ensure the campaign takes place, with both organisations seeking support from individuals, families, businesses and organisations, requesting people within the community collect rubbish during the month of July.

Organisers have stressed the importance of working in small groups and abiding by COVID-19 social distancing rules during the campaign. With the campaign taking place over a month, individuals and small groups will be able to pick a day that is suitable for them to volunteer, with organisers emphasising that just a couple of hours of commitment could make a huge difference.

Specifically-marked rubbish bins will be placed at the council offices during July so that an audit can be undertaken of rubbish collected.

Organisers ask community members to select an area of the town or environs to clean up, such as cleaning a street, public area, parkland or heading down to the beachfront.

Following the clean-up effort, individuals and groups should to report to the council which area has been checked and what constituted the majority of litter collected.

Those at Small Steps have stated that a large proportion of rubbish found in the environment consisted of plastics which ends up in Australia's rivers and oceans, explaining that with the community's help and involvement in supporting the campaign, Kingston can make eliminating single-use plastic a reality while taking another valuable 'small step' towards the protection of the environment.

For further information contact Liz 8767 2692, Phyllis 0432 115 838 or Tess at Kingston District Council 8767 2033.