Plastic Free July in the Hawkesbury

Have you heard about Hawkesbury City Council’s ‘Plastic Bag Free Hawkesbury’?

Plastic Bag Free HawkesburyWith strong community support, Council launched the campaign to help reduce the amount of plastic bags used in our local area, during National Recycling Week in 2017. As part of this ongoing campaign, Hawkesbury Library Service will host a free ‘Plastic Free July’ event on Saturday, 7 July.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett has received lots of positive feedback about Council’s ‘Plastic Bag Free Hawkesbury’ campaign since it began.

“Like our residents and local businesses, I am very concerned about the negative impact of single use plastic bags on our local environment and unique wildlife,” the Mayor said.

“I also want to highlight the efforts of many of our local school students who continue to alert our community about why plastic bags are such a significant problem.

“In the past 12 months, there has been an amazing level of community action by local schools and by residents including ‘Boomerang Bags’, which is a group of dedicated members who create reusable bags from disused materials and then provide them to shoppers at events such as the Richmond Saturday Markets,” she said.

“Council is continuing its war on plastic with the ‘Plastic Free July’ challenge running again this year, and I’m proud to say that Hawkesbury Library Service will host a free Plastic Free July’ event on Saturday, 7 July.

“This will be a NSW Environment Protection Authority, Waste Less, ‘Recycle More initiative’ funded by the waste levy.”

Plastic Free July will kick off from 10am to 2pm at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor with the touching and flat-out-funny film ‘Bag it’ at 10am. This documentary asks: Are plastic bags really necessary, what happens to them when we throw them away, and where exactly is ‘away’?

Following the film, there will be a ‘Boomerang Bag’ making workshop from midday to 2pm, hosted by the Hawkesbury Boomerang Bag group. Learn about the global Boomerang Bag movement and participate in this workshop by creating funky bags for yourself and the Hawkesbury, as a way to help wipe out plastic bags. Bring along your own plastic bag free lunch or snacks and you are welcome to bring your own keep cup. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Bookings are essential through Eventbrite at www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call (02) 4560 4460. If you can’t make it to our event day, join the challenge at http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ and choose to refuse single use plastic bags and plastics.

Local shops are also going plastic bag free and you can too! To learn more and take the pledge to go bag free, visit  on our waste and recycling page.

For more information about Council’s waste education visit Council’s waste and recycling page or contact Council’s Waste Education Officer by email justin.murphy@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

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