City of Yarra phases out single-use plastic

City of Yarra to phase out sale of single-use plastic bottles from leisure facilities. 

The City of Yarra is phasing out the sale of single-use plastic bottles and straws from its leisure facilities.

Following a council resolution last year, the City of Yarra announced its leisure centres would be the first council-run facilities to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles and straws.

According the City of Yarra, the phase out begun 1 January 2020, with staff currently working with suppliers to source plastic free product alternatives and scope out new suppliers that can offer more sustainable product alternatives.

In July 2019, Yarra City Council unanimously voted to eliminate single use plastic across facilities, starting with plastic water bottles and straws.

Former Yarra Mayor, Cr Danae Bosler said going plastic-free is an important step in the council’s long-term ambition to become a zero waste city.

“Single-use plastics have a terrible impact on our environment, particularly our waterways, and our community expects us to take real action on this issue.

“By removing plastic bottles from our Yarra Leisure facilities, we expect to eliminate the consumption of approximately 17,000 plastic bottles each year. This figure is based on our annual plastic bottle consumption across our facilities during 2018/19.”

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