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Could you quit plastic?

Do you refuse plastic bags when you’re at the shops? If you answered yes, you’re on your way to plastic free living. Plastic Free July is a grassroots movement that encourages us to try and say no to single-use plastic for a month.

Plastics require a lot of resources (like water and oil) in their production and then take hundreds of years to break down. Using plastic once and then throwing it away just doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately we are bombarded by single-use plastic every day, from our morning take-away coffee, to our lunch wrapped in cling film and our bagged-up veggies and meat for dinner. Plastic Free July challenges you to change your habits. You can start by refusing the top four – plastic bags, water bottles, coffee cup lids and drinking straws.

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If you can’t give up plastic entirely…

You can still recycle it! Soft plastics are not recyclable in most curb side collections but there is an alternative. You may have noticed an inconspicuous bin at the front of some supermarkets encouraging you to deposit your plastic bags for recycling. These bins are collection points for REDcycle and they will also accept other soft plastics like bread, pasta and rice bags, cereal box liners, biscuit packets, frozen food bags, ice cream wrappers, cling wrap…basically any plastic that you can scrunch into a ball can be recycled into outdoor furniture and signage.

You can find your nearest drop off point using the store locator on the REDcycle website.

Frog walk

Thursday 7 July
5:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Garvey Park, Fauntleroy Avenue, Ascot

Join a tour to find the frogs of Garvey Park, led by Joe Tonga of Natsync Environmental.

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Re-invention workshop

Monday 11 July
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Seville Grove Library

Young people will learn how to manage their environmental footprint and reduce waste in this hands-on workshop.

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Yanchep winter planting

Wednesday 20 July
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Yanchep foreshore

The City of Wanneroo’s annual winter Community Planting Events kick off in June, with local residents invited to come along and help rejuvenate bushland, foreshores and dunes across the City.

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National Tree Day

Sunday 31 July
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tom Bateman Bushland, Thornlie

Donate yourself to Landcare and help improve your local environment. Come along and plant native seedlings.

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Quinns Rocks winter planting

Sunday 10 July
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Quinns Beach bushland

A great opportunity to get out into the community and revegetate the City’s natural areas.

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Cambridge frog stalk

Thursday 14 July
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WA Ecology Centre, City Beach

Winter is a great time for frog spotting. This stalk is a great way for children and adults to learn more about the frogs of our local area.

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National Tree Day

Saturday 30 July
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fancote Park, Canning River, Kelmscott

Donate yourself to Landcare and improve your local environment. Come along and plant native seedlings along the Canning River.

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Living Smart

Thursday 4 August – Thursday 15 September
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ruth Faulkner Public Library, Cloverdale

Meet like-minded people and learn how to lighten your impact on the environment through this seven week course.

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