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FREO CITY FREE REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, plastic, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2018

 

The ban for single-use plastic shopping bags will come into effect from July 1, so supermarkets and other retailers will no longer be allowed to hand out the free plastic bags we have been using for decades.

The City of Fremantle, one of the country leaders in getting the shopping bags banned, will give away free reusable shopping bags. They can be collected from the Visitor Centre at the Townhall and at the temporary council building at Fremantle Oval.

I do have one suggestion to make and that is to decentralise the hand-out of the free reusable bags, as it is not fair to the people of Samson and other outer suburbs to have to come all the way into the city centre for it.

Why not have some of the bags for collection at the Samson Recreation Centre, the Hilton Community Centre, etc. We have become very CBD-centric in Fremantle and Council needs to improve on that!

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME STUDENTS LOOK AFTER ENVIRONMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, education, environment, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2017

 

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Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY students have declared a WAR on Waste with their mini-campaign to collect disposable coffee cups at campus.

The Sustainability Club members collect the cups from rubbish bins and streets around the campus, and they plan to separate the cups from the lids, as the lids can be recycled, but the cups sadly still go into landfill.

The Sustainability Club was launched at UNDA in the last semester break by mature-age student Claire O’Loughlin, who said that he UNDA Keep Cup campaign has been very successful, where the club sells re-usable cups at cost to students.

If only 100 students buy a re-usable cup that would be at least 500 disposable cups per weeks that don’t go into landfill. UNDA has over 6,000 students and hundreds of staff!

The focus of the club will be on coffee/tea cups, straws, plastic bottles and single-use bags.

The cups are taken from the trailer every day, so that the sea breeze does not pick them up and blow them around town and into the Indian Ocean. I took the photo at 10 am this morning, so that are a lot of cups already early in the morning.

It is great to see our Freo students looking after the environment, as plastic is killing our oceans fast. Well done!

Roel Loopers

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PULSE PLASTIC WRAP BIODEGRADABLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 5, 2017

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The City of Fremantle responded to my concern about the plastic wrapping of the PULSE magazine residents receive in the mail, so here it is:

To clarify: we used the bio wrap to include the Kings Square Renewal update into our usual mailout of Pulse magazine to keep postage costs as low as possible and because we wanted to ensure it was done in a way that supports our approach to waste management and efficient use of resources.

Rest assured the bio wrap material is degradable and is highly recommended as an ideal method for wrapping magazines or reports in an environmentally responsible way. There is no comparison between bio wrap and ‘ordinary’ plastic bags!

The PULSE is an interesting read, especially page 4, that shows on what the City of Fremantle is spending your ratepayers’ money.

 

Roel Loopers

FREO’S PLASTIC PULSE IS INCONSISTENT

Posted in city of fremantle, plastic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2017

 

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I received the City of Fremantle’s  PULSE magazine in the mail today, and am shaking my head a bit.

Why does the city that is banning single-use plastic shopping bags sends out its magazine in a plastic cover? That is pretty inconsistent and needs to be addressed!

 

Roel Loopers

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HUGE GROWERS GREEN FOOD AND CRAFT MARKET

Posted in fremantle, growers green markets, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2017

 

The Fremantle GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET at Annie Street in Beaconsfield is HUGE this Sunday!

Not only will there be great fresh produce, bread, pastries, meat and fish for sale, but there are also fantastic food stall to buy breakfast at, and there is also the first Sunday of the month craft market.

And there is more!! It’s also the official launch of the BOOMERANG BAGS to stop the use of non-recycable plastic bags.

It’s on from 8 am till midday and there will also be live music.

Bring the kids, dogs, grandparents, friends and enjoy the great Freo community event.

Roel Loopers

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NOTHING FANTASTIC ABOUT PLASTIC!

Posted in environment, fremantle, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2017

 

The monthly FREMANTLE NETWORK event is on tomorrow and it’s all about reducing waste and protecting the environment.

It is at 6 pm upstairs at the National Hotel on Tuesday June 27 and the bar and kitchen are open so stay on for dinner!

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. Initiated in 2011 by Freo local Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and the Earth Carers, there are now more than a million people from 130 countries world-wide in making a difference.

As Freo works towards banning plastic bags (again!), local farmers market manager Kylie Wheatley has created ‘Fremantle Boomerang Bags’. Volunteers from all walks of life get together to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. This excellent community initiative is been launched at the Growers Green Markets at South Fremantle High School, just in time for Plastic Free July.

And it’s not just the community but local businesses are getting on board too. Heath and Emma from the Raw Kitchen in Freo have taken on the challenge to reduce plastics and other waste with gusto and are bringing commitment, solutions and innovation to reduce waste in their restaurant, both for their customers and in the kitchen.

Are you part of the War on Waste?

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CHARGING FOR PLASTIC BAGS A SUCCESSFUL COMPROMISE

Posted in environment, fremantle, plastic, seafarers, western australia by freoview on July 31, 2016

The Town of East Fremantle is trying to ban the use of plastic shopping bags, what the City of Fremantle unsuccessfully tried twice and was refused to implement by the WA government, so maybe a more achievable compromise would be to demand that retailers charge a fee for plastic bags, as they have done successfully in the United Kingdom according to The Guardian.

I quote a section of The Guardian’s recent article below:

# The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October.

# More than 7 billion bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge, but this figure plummeted to slightly more than 500 million in the first six months after the charge was introduced, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

# The data is the government’s first official assessment of the impact of the charge, which was introduced to help reduce litter and protect wildlife.

# The charge has also triggered donations of more than £29m from retailers towards good causes including charities and community groups, according to Defra. England was the last part of the UK to adopt the 5p levy, after successful schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Good to see charging for the plastic bags did not become another profit making exercise but that the money was donated to good causes.

Unlike  retailers such as IGA and Peaches in Fremantle the big supermarkets do not offer cardboard boxes as an alternative to plastic shopping bags, and that also needs to be encouraged as it is a good way to recycle the boxes the goods arrive in at the shops.

Roel Loopers

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GET REWARDED FOR RECYCLING BOTTLES

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recycling by freoview on September 11, 2015

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Fremantle people and visitors are getting rewarded for recycling plastic bottles when they put them in this new machine on the Esplanade Reserve.

Tell your kids to start collecting bottles so they can earn some pocket money!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield ward. Truly Independent.

FREO’S NO PLASTIC FANTASTIC IN JEOPARDY

I have up till now never heard of Liberal MP Peter Katsambanis, but it appears the faceless man is standing in the way of the City of Fremantle becoming a plastic shopping bag free council.

Katsambanis will lodge a motion of disallowance in state parliament today for later hearing. He argues that a ban like this should be done by state government and not just by a single council, and that a ban on plastic shopping bags in South Australia had increased the sale of bin liners by 85 per cent, making the ban counter-productive and a bigger environmental problem.

WA Government disallowed the previous local law because of the 10 cent levy per bag, but it might do the same with the amended one.

Acting Mayor Josh Wilson told me last night he was very disappointed and said to WA TODAY “We have done everything by the book. We have consulted local businesses and the wider community and we have a broad consensus to the initiative,” He said the city was progressive by philosophy and was keen to provide leadership on what it saw as a social issue an important contributor to reducing plastic waste.

I use my plastic bags as bin liners and to put the rubbish out and they are very handy for that, but the Fremantle BID group has just got the first FREO 6160 calico bags so retailers can order them from BID and sell them to their customers. I will certainly do that, although I always end up with more and more bags at home because I keep forgetting to put them in my car, and when I stop to do my shopping on the way home I have to get new bags. Can we make bags that whistle when we leave home without them? ; > )

Roel Loopers

TAKE AWAY NOT THROW AWAY

Posted in city of fremantle, coffee by freoview on December 16, 2014

Responsible cafes

As part of the City of Fremantle’s One Planet commitment to waste reduction, the City and the Fremantle Business Improvement District (BID) are calling on all Fremantle cafes to join the Responsible Cafes program.

The Responsible Cafes program aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste from disposable coffee cups. The City is getting on board by providing incentives to the local community and visitors to use reusable coffee cups at cafes in Fremantle.

Fremantle cafes are encouraged to join the program by providing a modest discount to customers who bring their own reusable cups. By participating in the program, cafes not only save money and reduce waste, but also increase awareness of single-use waste and plastics in our environment.

Canvas Café, Moore & Moore, Fixx Espresso Bar, The Loft, Grumpy Sailor and Legally Brewed have all come on board as early adopters of the program, which will launch officially at the Plastic Free Summer Festival on Saturday 17January 2015.

The City hopes to sign up 20 local cafes to the Responsible Cafes program by 2016, as part of its commitment to the One Planet Fremantle Strategy.

To kick-start the program, the City is providing cafés who become part of the Responsible Cafes program with an initial batch of reusable cups. The cafés are able to use these to help promote the fact they are a responsible café and to encourage people to bring in reusable cups.

Disposable coffee cups are a growing problem in Australia with about one billion disposable cups making their way into landfill or the natural environment each year, creating harmful greenhouse gases and significantly affecting the marine environment.

For more information on the Responsible Cafes program, the Plastic Free Summer Festival or the City of Fremantle’s Plastic Free Initiatives contact melanieb@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

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