Initiatives to Reduce Waste
Over one billion take away cups are thrown away each year in Australia. Switch Your Thinking is supporting the Responsible Cafes program to help change this. The program encourages cafés to offer a discount to customers that bring their own cup. Cafes are given posters to advertise the discount, are included on a national map of participating cafés and get free social media promotion. Get a Cambridge café on board today and, courtesy of Switch Your Thinking, they will receive a batch of KeepCups to give away to loyal customers.
If you would like to get your local café involved, and receive discounts for each takeaway coffee cup saved, then take a poster to them by emailing or calling the Town's Sustainability team on 9347 6000.
Plastic Free July
The Plastic Free July initiative raises awareness about the amount of single-use plastic we use and dispose of and challenges us to reduce it. Put simply the challenge is…attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.
By 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the world's oceans than fish. Most plastic was once in our hands.
Visit the Plastic Free July website where you can sign up for the challenge. You can sign up for a day, a week or the whole month and try and refuse ALL single-use plastic or just the top 4: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws.
Join thousands of people from over 90 countries saying NO to single-use plastic in July.
Clean Up Australia Day
Since the first Clean Up Australia Day in 1990 Australians have dedicated more than 31 million hours to cleaning up the environment and collected over 331 thousand tonnes of rubbish. Held on the first Sunday in March each year the event is a great way for the community to come together and clean up their local area.
You can get involved by joining a clean-up or creating your own clean-up site.
Keep Australia Beautiful Week
Held in August annually, Keep Australia Beautiful Week raises awareness of the impacts of litter and encourages the community to get together and make a difference in their local patch. Organise or join a community clean, or if you want to do more you can adopt a local spot to regularly clean.
Did you know that up to 70 per cent of household waste is organic material that can be composted? The Town of Cambridge is encouraging residents to buy a compost bin or worm farm to help break down organic waste. Organic waste includes:
How to build a Worm Farm
Worm Farm and Compost Bin Rebate
The rebate is offered to Town of Cambridge residents between March and May. Up to $80 is offered for a worm farm and up to $70 for a compost bin. The rebate is obtained by completing a rebate application form, attaching an original receipt and returning it to:
Town of Cambridge
PO Box 15
Floreat WA 6014