Plastic Free CQ, a program supported by Rockhampton Regional Council in Queensland, has helped to support local business Riverston Tea Rooms’ switch from single use plastics to sustainable options.
Plastic Free CQ works directly with businesses in Rockhampton and Livingstone to assist them to switch from single use plastics to other alternatives. It also works with councils, suppliers, manufactures and composters.
Councillor for Waste and Recycling Shane Latcham said this was a great achievement and one that other businesses could be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
“When State Government legislation came into effect 1 September banning a number of single use plastics, it was really important that businesses were provided with support to transition to more environmentally friendly alternatives,” he said.
Plastic Free CQ Coordinator Jo Stoyel said Riverston Tea Rooms had worked hard to eliminate its use of single-use water bottles and other packaging.
“They have engaged in a swap and go coffee cup system such as Green Caffeen and have opted for a sipper lid for cold drinks, made from a plant-based material rather than hardcore plastic – negating the need for a straw,” Stoyel said.
“Finding options that suit the needs of the business, but aren’t over-packaged, has been a process for the team, but they have met the challenge head on and have reached an outcome that works for the business and their customers.”
As of November 1, 2021, Plastic Free CQ has helped to eliminate 76,190 pieces of plastic.
For more information on Plastic Free CQ, click here.