Group wages war on plastic

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A Denmark plastic reduction group has launched a portable washing station trailer to reduce use of plastic at local public events.

Plastic Reduction Denmark co-ordinator Karen Andersson said the group has been operating the washing station at Denmark Arts markets to wash mugs and cutlery in a bid to reduce plastic use.

Ms Andersson said the public had welcomed the washing station at the markets.

The group has since acquired and retrofitted a washing station trailer for people to hire during local events.

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“The idea is people can use it and rent it for their events as well, so people can do the right thing for plastic reduction,” Ms Andersson said.

“Other communities have done something similar, like Margaret River and many towns in the Eastern States.”

She said the initiative had reduced the amount of non-recyclable waste in the Shire.

“Green Skills told us that the number of wheelie bins has gone down from six bins to only half a bin since we do the washing in the market,” she said.

“We haven’t worked out the nuts and bolts yet, so we’re not sure how much we’re going to charge people, or if we’re going to charge at all.

“We want people to use it so they can reduce their plastic use, and certainly for local not-for-profit groups they could just pay a bond.

“We want it to be used and accessible and encouraging others to be able to do the right thing as well.”

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