Phasing out single-use plastics

We are committed to phasing out single-use plastics!  It is critical that the Mornington Peninsula community takes action to decrease our reliance on plastics and reduce the amount of litter, and specifically plastics, that ends up in our reserves, rivers, waterways, bay and oceans. 

On 25 August 2020, Council adopted the Single-use Plastic Policy(PDF, 361KB).  This policy supports Council’s ambitious target of zero waste to landfill by 2030.  It outlines our plan to phase out single-use plastic in all Shire facilities, services and events. SUP_PhasingOut (1).png

We have developed the Single-use plastics plan(PDF, 429KB) to help you identify which plastics you can phase out, and the Single-use Plastics Guidelines(PDF, 1MB) to help you make a better choice.  This can be used by anyone in the community working towards phasing out SUPs.

Which plastics are we banning?

  • plastic bags, polystyrene
  • straws, stirrers
  • cutlery, crockery
  • drinkware, coffee cups, bottled water containers
  • takeaway containers, individual condiments
  • balloons, glitter
  • cling wrap, individually wrapped items.

Who does the Policy apply to?

  • all Shire business (staff, leases and contracts)
  • all Shire sponsored activities; and
  • all individuals, groups or organisations planning to use, hire and/or lease Council owned or managed sites.

The recent announcement of a State Government ban on seven key single-use plastic items by February 2023 will go a long way to helping Victorians move away from our reliance on many single-use plastic items. 

What does this mean for sports clubs within the Shire?

Sports clubs within the Shire have until February 2023 to phase out single-use plastics, in line with the State Government ban.  Eliminating single-use plastic may seem challenging but there are simple changes your club can start to make. We will then support clubs to implement some of the more complex changes.

Step 1:

Initially, clubs are asked to make a voluntary pledge and display this icon on their website, and a poster in their clubrooms.  This will be emailed to you through the Community Sports Development Office.

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Next, use the Single-use-plastics-plan(PDF, 429KB) to audit your club and find out where these problematic plastics are.  This can be done by a committee member, parent or player. 

Step 2: 

Identify which plastics you will phase out first, they don't need to be done all at once.  Use the plan and  Single-use plastics guidelines(PDF, 1MB) for ideas and inspiration.

Step 3:

Email your single-use plastics plan to our Zero Waste Officer on waste@mornpen.vic.gov.au.  You are on your way! You can then proudly display the SUP free sports club poster(PDF, 554KB) to share your achievements with your sporting community, and influence change. 

What simple changes can your club make to start reducing single-use plastic?

  • Don’t offer plastic straws, if you need them at all use paper straws
  • Sell reusable drink bottles or provide jugs of water at the bar or canteen, with reusable cups
  • Use paper plates instead of plastic, and use wooden cutlery or reduce waste by providing reusable crockery
  • Transition plastic bottled soft drinks over to available alternatives, such as cans.

Grants for phasing out single-use plastics

We have a Single Use Plastic Grant available to support community groups, organisations and schools to deliver projects or activities that deliver objectives from the Shire’s single-use plastic policy, and drive community action to phase out problem plastics.  Funding up to $5,000 per application is available.

First in best dressed until June 10! Please contact our Zero Waste Officer on jess.cooper@mornpen.vic.gov.au to discuss further.

How to become a SUP free business

We are encouraging local food businesses to join the Plastic Free Mornington Peninsula program. This initiative is making it easy for local food retailers to transition away from providing plastic takeaway items such as cutlery, straws, takeaway containers and coffee cups. 

With the Victorian Government announcing a ban on certain single-use plastic items by February 2023, now is a great time to start thinking about alternatives to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics.

For more information and to register interest, please head to www.wastewisepeninsula.org/join or contact local program coordinator Birte Moliere on birte.moliere@boomerangalliance.org.au.  The program is jointly funded by the Shire and the Commonwealth Government to assist to food retailers on the Peninsula.

Food businesses that are working on reducing their waste should consider being a part of the Best Bites program. Its free and a great way to build your businesses profile.  Read more about how to get into the Best Bites Food Guide and the other pillars of excellence, or get in touch  with the Shire's Environmental Health Team to ask any questions. Phone them on 5950 1050 or contact the team online.

Home compostable or industrial compostable

Certified home compostable products have been tested and will biodegrade in the garden without harming the microbes.

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Certified industrial compostable products require specific conditions to biodegrade (consistently high temperatures in a set amount of time). They will not biodegrade in the home compost. 

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