Say no to plastic

Welcome to our 'say no to plastic' resource page! This is a space for you to find out more about plastic waste and how to avoid it.

We’ve got tips, tricks, resources and even a fantastic map to help you on your way to reducing single use plastics.  

Why should you say no to plastic?

The facts

  • Plastic pollution is overwhelming our planet. It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic (by weight) in the ocean than there will be fish.
  • Plastic cannot biodegrade. Over time it breaks down into smaller pieces called micro plastics. This threatens wildlife, damages the natural environment and is harmful to human health.
  • 95% of all plastic packaging is used once and then thrown away. 

Your impact 

There is no denying that plastic consumption is a global problem. But a few small changes can go a long way. If every resident in Yarra stopped using disposable coffee cups every day we could divert approximately 32 million cups a year from landfill.

We’ve compiled the following list of tips and tricks to inspire and encourage you to eliminate single use plastic from your life.   

Tips and tricks 

Doing your food shop 

  • Bring your own reusable shopping bags and help reduce plastic waste. Try storing them in your car or near the door so you don’t forget them.  
  • Refuse pre-packed fruit and vegetables. Look for the non-wrapped alternative for carrots, tomatoes, avocados and lettuce.  
  • Ditch the plastic produce bag and switch to a reusable alternative.
  • Buy your grains, nuts and pantry staples in bulk.  
  • Take a reusable bag to the bakery or bread section to avoid pre-packed baked goods.  

At the café 

  • Bring a reusable coffee cup or dine in at your local café.  
  • Refuse plastic straws or bring a BYO reusable alternative like metal or bamboo straws.  
  • BYO reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic ones.  
  • Talk to your local café about their plastic packaging and encourage them to join Yarra’s Proudly Plastic Free campaign.

At home 

  • Buy your cleaning supplies in bulk or refill them reusable containers. Wild Things Food, Piedimontes and Bulk Source Food all have refill facilities. 
  • Store your leftovers and pantry food in reusable reusable containers and ditch the cling wrap. Bees wax wraps are also an excellent option for keeping food fresh! 
  • Ditch the plastic bin liner. Wrap up ‘icky’ stuff in newspaper and then wash out your bin when needed.  

For more tips on reducing your plastic usage check out the Plastic Free July website.  

Yarra’s Zero Waste Map 

We’ve developed an online tool that will help you reduce your waste. Check out the ‘plastic free’ category on Yarra’s Zero Waste Map and discover restaurants that accept BYO takeaway containers, bulk cleaning supply stores and many more.  

For business 

For more information on Yarra’s Proudly Plastic Free program aimed at reducing single use plastic packaging in food vendors check out the program page or get in touch with Sophie Green, Waste Minimisation Officer on 9205 5555 or 



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