Plastic Free July

From kerbside recycling, Plastic Free July and the plastic bag ban, waste is certainly making headlines. So what can we do to create less waste? Find out what we have planned to make good waste practices normal in the western suburbs.


Plastic Free July and beyond

In less than 2 weeks Plastic Free July will begin – Are you ready for the challenge? Join more than 2 million participants worldwide in 150+ countries as we say goodbye to single-use plastics and learn to live responsibly, choosing to refuse, reduce and reuse. Plastic Free July which began here at the WMRC in 2011 is now a global success story and starts this year as a not-for-profit organisation. Our best wishes to our former colleague Rebecca Prince-Ruiz for taking this important initiative to the world! To make the pledge visit




History of Plastics - the good, the bad, the ugly 

Plastics are commonplace in many households, but are they a necessity or a nuisance?
As part of Plastic Free July, join us as we provide you with useful household tips on reducing plastic consumption as well as learning the history of plastic and its impact on the environment. Thursday, July 19th at 6pm at the Grove Library. Free tickets at Eventbrite registration essential.



What's your bag plan?  

The ban on lightweight plastic bags starts on 1 July 2018. Are you ready? Make sure you have a few reusable bags handy in the car so you are never left without. As part of the Earth Carers Program, we will be at the Subi Farmers Market on Saturday 23rd June. The kids will be kept entertained with no-sew bags made out of recycled t-shirts. Plus there will also be information on how you can get ready for the Plastic Free July challenge! For more information email 



Earth Carers Events

More than 20 Earth Carer volunteers got to see the Richgro facility in action last month. The tour was exclusively for Earth Carer volunteers and showcased their revolutionary closed loop system for food waste – turning waste into energy. The next Earth Carers course will be in October in Claremont. More information on how to register will be sent out in the next newsletter.




Meet our latest Earth Carers Graduates

There are now 30 more waste warriors ready to spread the word and create less waste! Graduates of the Earth Carers Course held in Subiaco in May are now officially Earth Carers. The program has recruited more than 400 volunteers since it began in 2010. 

In other news, a big congratulations to Earth Carer, Susan Pestana who has been named Town of Claremont's Volunteer of the Year. Susan has diverted more than 20,000 kilograms of waste from landfill! 


Face Your Waste update

The Mindarie Regional Council’s Face Your Waste campaign has begun and includes a clear bin trial which has certainly got people talking. We got to take a sneak peek at how the clear bin trial is going when it was rolled out at an apartment block in West Perth. The clear bins have certainly started a conversation amongst residents, proving very useful in reducing contamination in the recycling. To find out more about the campaign visit


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