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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.

Details

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.

Participating businesses

Champions

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.

    • Alfresco Coffee Roasters (Moruya)
    • Amber's Café & Boutique Cakes (Batemans Bay)
    • Blue Earth (Bodalla)
    • Boat Ramp Kiosk @ Mossy Point
    • Bound to Earth (Narooma)
    • Caseys Cafe (Narooma)
    • Church Street Pizzeria (Moruya)
    • Courtyard Cafe Mogo
    • Guerilla Roasters (Mossy Point)
    • Gundary Bakers (Moruya)
    • Jack & the Bean Store (Mogo)
    • Mr Bold Catering Co. (Narooma)
    • Nourish on North (Batemans Bay)
    • Rustic Pantry (Moruya)
    • Single Fin Canteen & Goods (Broulee)
    • South Brou Cafe (Broulee)
    • Stingrays Ocean & Grill (Batemans Bay)
    • Surfbeach Cafe (Narooma)
    • The FIX coffee (Mossy Point)
    • The Mossy Cafe (Mossy Point)
    • The Sandbar (Batemans Bay)
    • The Venetian Italian Boutique Cafe & Coffee Roaster (Batemans Bay)
    • Tribe Cafe (Batemans Bay)
    • Zippity Doo Playhouse & Cafe (Batemans Bay)

Members

The following businesses have implemented strategies to remove at least one of the five problem plastics in the We Care Eurobodalla program.

    • Adelaide Hotel (Moruya)
    • AJ's Hotbake (Batemans Bay)
    • Bates General Store (Tilba)
    • Bodalla Bakery
    • Ccooks @ Corrigans Restaurant  (Batehaven)
    • Grumpy and Sweetheart's (Mogo)
    • Heat Woodfired Pizza Bar (Batehaven)
    • Innes' Boatshed (Batemans Bay)
    • Kiah Seafood Cafe (Moruya)
    • Lynch’s Hotel (Narooma)
    • Mogo Village Café
    • Moruya Health Cafe
    • Moruya Kebab Store
    • Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel
    • Ocean Grill On The Bay (Batemans Bay)
    • Pickled Octopus Seafood & Thai Cafe (Tuross Head)
    • Rolf's Patisserie (Narooma)
    • Shelleys Takeaway (Moruya)
    • Steampacket Hotel (Nelligen)
    • Suez Cafe (Moruya)
    • Surf Beach Cafe & Takeaway (Surf Beach)
    • The Gardens Cafe (Eurobodalla Regional
    • Botanic Garden, Mogo)
    • The Inlet (Narooma)
    • The Reading Room - Secondhand Bookshop Cafe (Moruya)
    • The Rivermouth General Store (Tomakin)
    • Tomakin Sports & Social Club (Tomakin)
    • Trappers Seafood & Steak Restaurant (Batemans Bay)
    • Tuross Boatshed & Cafe (Tuross)
    • The Whale Restaurant (Narooma)
    • Wrapaholics (Narooma)

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.

Business checklist

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.

Australia-wide initiatives

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.

Get involved

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: