We Care Eurobodalla
Project: Working with local food retailers to reduce single-use plastic by helping them make the change to environmentally sustainable utensils and packaging.
Start: July 2018
Funding: This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.
More and more, customers are responding to retailers that minimise their use of disposable plastic products and packaging.
For businesses that want to do the right thing for the environment and their customers, it can be time consuming and tricky to know where to start. Council can help.
We are working with food and drink businesses to:
- find environmentally-sustainable products that suit them
- connect them with local suppliers
- offer trial packs to test available products
- brainstorm other creative ways businesses can reduce single-use and takeaway waste.
We Care is focusing on these major single-use items:
Single-use items are things that are used once, then thrown away.
- plastic straws
- plastic takeaway containers
- plastic cutlery
- disposable coffee cups
- plastic bags.
By reducing single-use items like these, local food businesses show that they care about the environment, about Eurobodalla, and about their customers who want to make environmentally-conscious choices.
The following businesses have been identified as 'champions' in the We Care Eurobodalla program and have removed all five problem plastics: plastic-lined coffee cups or milkshake cups, plastic bags, single-use straws, plastic cutlery and plastic takeaway containers.
- Bound To Earth (Narooma)
- Casey’s Café (Narooma)
- Gundary Bakers (Moruya)
- Alfresco Coffee Roasters (Moruya)
- The Courtyard Café (Mogo)
- South Brou Café (Broulee)
- The Mossy Café (Mossy Point)
- The Fix Coffee (Mossy Point)
- Zippity Doo Playhouse & Café (Batemans Bay)
- Ambers Café (Batemans Bay)
- The Venetian Boutique Coffee Roaster (Batemans Bay)
- Tribe Café (Batehaven)
- Nourish On North (Batemans Bay)
- The Sandbar Batemans Bay (Batemans Bay)
- Surfbeach Café (Narooma)
- Single Fin Canteen & Goods (Broulee)
- Mr Bold Catering Co (Narooma)
- The Inlet (Narooma)
- Jack & the Bean Store (Mogo)
- Blue Earth (Bodalla)
- Guerilla Roasters (Mossy Point)
- Rustic Pantry (Moruya)
- Moruya Health Cafe (Moruya)
- Church Street Pizzeria (Moruya)
The following businesses have implemented strategies to remove at least one of the five problem plastics in the We Care Eurobodalla program.
- The Whale Restaurant (Narooma)
- Wrapaholics (Narooma)
- Rolfs Patisserie (Narooma)
- Lynch’s Hotel (Narooma)
- Bates General Store (Tilba)
- Tuross Boatshed (Tuross)
- Kiah Seafood (Moruya)
- Moruya Kebab Store (Moruya)
- Suez Café (Moruya)
- The Reading Room - Secondhand Bookshop Cafe (Moruya)
- Shelley’s Takeaway Moruya (Moruya)
- Bodalla Bakery (Bodalla)
- Grumpy and Sweetheart's Café (Mogo)
- Tomakin Sports and Social Club (Tomakin)
- The Rivermouth General Store (Tomakin)
- Surf Beach Café and Takeaway (Surf Beach)
- AJ's Hotbake (Batemans Bay)
- Stingrays Ocean & Grill (Batemans Bay)
- Innes Boat Shed (Batemans Bay)
- Steampacket Hotel (Nelligen)
- Trappers Seafood & Steak Restaurant (Batemans Bay)
- Heat Woodfired Pizza Bar (Batehaven)
- Ocean Grill on the Bay (Batemans Bay)
- Pickled Octopus Seafood & Thai Cafe (Tuross Head)
- Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel (Moruya)
- Ccooks @ Corrigans Restaurant (Batehaven)
- The Gardens Cafe (Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, Mogo)
- Adelaide Hotel (Moruya)
Become a business who cares
Businesses can join the We Care Eurobodalla program at any time - they might already be taking steps to reduce their waste, or can start small by targeting just one item, like straws.
There are many reasons businesses benefit from becoming a member or a champion of this program:
- Financial: Eco-friendly products can be more costly, however as customers transition to reusable items, there is potential to reduce your rubbish collection costs, and orders of packaging products.
- Social: Environmentally-friendly methods can set businesses apart and attract new customers who want to support businesses making a difference.
- Free promotion: Council can provide free signage and plaques that recognise participating businesses. Businesses will also be promoted through Council's communications channels.
- Environmental: Participation reduces the carbon footprint of businesses, its contribution to landfill and marine pollution and contribute to keeping our beautiful beaches clean.
- Support: We will work with businesses to provide information and resources on minimising disposable products and packaging, such as free ‘start-up’ packs, sourcing alternative products, and price comparisons from local suppliers.
It's not always easy to know where to start, and not every change has to cost money. You can use this checklist to quickly identify what you are already doing well, and get some ideas you could try out to reduce single-use waste.
There are many programs focused on reducing single-use plastic in Australia by working with retailers and letting people know where they can find and support sustainable outlets. Check out:
- Plastic Free Noosa and Plastic Free Wollongong: retailers, community associations and councils working together to reduce single-use plastic.
- Trashless Takeaway: an online resource that Australians can use to find environmentally sustainable food options near them.
- Straw no more: a 10-year old girl’s mission to end plastic straw pollution, starting in Australian schools.
- The Last Straw: a campaign to eliminate plastic straws in venues around Australia.
- Responsible Cafés: a network of cafés that encourage customers to use reusable coffee cups by offering a discount.
- Plastic Free July: a challenge for consumers to avoid plastic for a whole month, then use what they have learned to make long term changes to their single-use plastic habits.
- The War on Waste: an ABC television show that examines the impacts of waste and ways we can all reduce our environmental footprint by making changes to our behaviour and consumer habits.
If you would like to get involved or if your business is already using sustainable packaging and would like to sign on as a plastic-free We Care champion, or member, contact Council's Sustainability Coordinator, Mark Shorter, on:
- E: Mark Shorter
- T: 02 4474 1373