WASTE BUSTERS: Showing the way are Chad Buxton from Plastic Free Noosa, Juanita Bloomfield of Tourism Noosa with Kellie Lindsay from Plastic Free Noosa. Photo: Contributed
WASTE BUSTERS: Showing the way are Chad Buxton from Plastic Free Noosa, Juanita Bloomfield of Tourism Noosa with Kellie Lindsay from Plastic Free Noosa. Photo: Contributed

Town eliminates three million pieces of plastic

TOURISM providers around Noosa are cleaning up their act to protect their precious beaches and the campaign is now making waves across Queensland.

As of September 1, Plastic Free Noosa reported 3,076,734 pieces of plastic had been eliminated from the region.

Noosa was the pilot community for Boomerang Alliance’s Plastic Free Places program.

It was such a success that Cairns and Townsville announced last week they would adopt the program.

Seahaven Resort Noosa general manager Alan Golley said Tourism Noosa and Plastic Free Noosa influenced the beachfront accommodation to significantly reduce its single use plastics.

He said the resort has transitioned to using about 400 pieces of single-use plastic where it would once use an estimated 50,000.

“Through our bulk amenities program we’ve removed all our single use bottles and replaced them with reusable pump bottles which we can use for three months before they are recycled,” Mr Golley said.

“Noosa is one of only two UNESCO biosphere reserves in Queensland which a lot people of travel to see so we have to protect it as well as the wildlife it’s home to.

“And it’s actually often cheaper switching to sustainable measures because when you’re buying in bulk or reducing energy consumption, you’re saving in costs and reducing your overheads.”

Mr Golley highlighted that Booking.com’s 2019 sustainable travel report revealed 70 per cent of global travellers said they would be more likely to book an accommodation if they knew it was eco-friendly.

Noosa Food and Wine Festival and Noosa Festival of Surfing sent a message to their thousands of visitors from across the globe that the region was dedicated to preserving its environment by eliminating as much single-use plastic as possible.

A refillable water station at the 2019 Noosa Festival of Surfing meant it was able to save more than 9,500 plastic bottles which would have otherwise been left behind by 20,000 spectators.

Event organiser Danny Scarbrough said the greatest challenge was managing the waste that people brought into the festival themselves.

“Our amazing team of waste warrior volunteers educate the public as to what can be recycled, composted, or sent to the landfill. Then using the three-bin system our team double checks that all waste is going to the proper place to be repurposed for later use,” Mr Scarbrough said.

“We know that the earth has limited natural resources and the playing field for our sport is the ocean, so caring for the environment is a top priority for us and for all surfers.”


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