FOOD businesses in the Town of Bassendean can now adopt a plastic free status through Boomerang Alliance’s WA Plastic Free project.
The Town is the first local government in WA to take part in the pilot program which started this week.
An official launch is being planned for the near future.
Boomerang Alliance, the Town and the WA Waste Authority worked together on the program, which helped local caf and restaurant owners in their transition away from single-use plastic takeaway packaging.
Business owners can learn how to eliminate common items including coffee cups and lids, plastic water bottles, takeaway containers and other food wares.
Once they complete the program, they will be awarded a Plastic Free Champion sign and be listed on the WA Plastic Free website.
The alliance also runs projects in Noosa, Queensland and Byron Bay in New South Wales under the Plastic Free Places campaign, with Noosa removing more than 1.6 million single-use plastics in its first year in 2018.
Program manager Kellie Lindsay said the alliance chose Bassendean because the council had a plastic free policy and measures already in place.
“The key to the success of the program is direct engagement with businesses, particularly food retailers, and the behind the scenes work we do to make it really easy for them to switch away from single-use plastic,” she said.
“So businesses will be able to access the right information, advice and solutions, which in the past has been a barrier for many of them.”
Ms Lindsay said the alliance would like to pursue working with other local governments once the Bassendean program finished.
Mayor Rene McLennan said the council wanted tackle its waste problem “for the sake of the planet, children and future generations”.
Bassendean’s O2 owner Michelle Glass, who runs a caf, small bar and restaurant, said it was a great initiative.
“We are trying to go as plastic-free as possible, starting from the front of house with coffee cups and lids, straws and takeaway packaging,” she said.
“The kitchen is very difficult but there are still lots of things we can do like instead of using disposable containers for everything, so we can start to use purchased containers which last a bit longer.
“No one is going to be completely free from plastic for a long time but getting the word out there means you think a little bit more before you buy and ask more questions before you buy.”
For information, visit http://www.waplasticfree.org