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Sign our petition to help make the City of Yarra Proudly Plastic Free

Plastic is an environmental nightmare. Manufacture of plastics produces greenhouse gas. Plastic waste leaches toxins into our waterways. Toxins from plastics can end up in our food chain. Recycling reduces the problem but the best strategy is to not use plastic in the first place.

YCAN is calling on Yarra City Council to initiate a Proudly Plastic Free campaign to encourage food outlets in Yarra to stop supplying disposable plastic items such as bags, bottles, cutlery and packaging.

Sign our petition to the Council now and pledge to preference businesses that display a Proudly Plastic Free Yarra sign.

YCAN will add your name and email to an aggregated Help Make Yarra Proudly Plastic Free petition and present it to the City of Yarra Council in 2018.

Sign our petition now.

Find out more plastic facts.

Gleadell Street Market Stall

We picked a nice sunny day to have a stall at the Gleadell Street Market.

We were collecting signatures for our Proudly Plastic Free Campaign and we chatted to shoppers about the issues. It also gave us a chance to check out how the market’s Plastic Bag Free status is going.

The answer was “not well”. Many stallholders are now handing out “biodegradable” bags, no doubt believing that these are an environmentally friendly alternative to regular plastic bags. But a Senate Enquiry released last year says that these bags don’t decompose, instead they breakdown into harmful microplastics.

This is something that YCAN will be investigating further.

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YCAN at Richmond’s Gleadell Street Market