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How to reduce consumption of avoidable and single-use plastics

Single-use plastics have helped to increase the convenience of everyday living. However, high consumption of these plastics are exhausting resources, and generally end up in landfill after an average usable lifespan of 15 minutes. In addition, a high proportion of these items end up as litter and harm our environment and wildlife. While some single-use plastics are necessary for food safety purposes, or to reduce the risk of contamination, the vast majority of single-use plastics are avoidable and their consumption can be reduced through changes in behaviour.

You can join with other Queenslanders who have committed to tackling plastic pollution together through taking steps to reduce your consumption of avoidable and single-use plastics.

To assist you to avoid single-use plastics—a range of alternatives are outlined in the How to reduce consumption of avoidable and single-use plastics.

This guide provides suggestions for reducing consumption for individuals and businesses by item.

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Last updated
31 August 2018
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