Market urges residents to go plastic-free

Declan BushAugusta Margaret River Times
Neroli Carlton, Hugh Penrose, 6, Alison McKenzie, Divvy Gibson, and Grace Harlowe, 3, supporting Plastic Free July.
Camera IconNeroli Carlton, Hugh Penrose, 6, Alison McKenzie, Divvy Gibson, and Grace Harlowe, 3, supporting Plastic Free July. Credit: Declan Bush

Residents are invited to the Margaret River Farmer’s Market tomorrow morning to kick off Plastic Free July with tips on how to reduce waste and help the environment.

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and Transition Margaret River are on board again this year, with a calendar of plastic-free events to be held throughout the month.

Events will include a boomerang bag sewing bee on Thursday; a Tangaroa Blue beach clean-up on July 16 at Lefthanders from 9.30am; meetings; and a movie night at the Margaret River Library.

Transition Margaret River organiser Karen Majer said tomorrow’s launch would start at 8am with a mug-washing station and information for residents looking to cut down on single-use plastic.

Shire waste education officer Jackie Dickson urged residents to focus on the big four: plastic bags, coffee cups, straws, and water bottles.

“We’re trying to get as many people in the community to sign up as possible,” she said.

Ms Majer said more than 2100 boomerang bags and more than 300 produce bags had been made in Margaret River as part of the local drive.

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