Plastic Free July

About Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July in a nutshell

Plastic Free July is a simple idea developed in 2011. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year.

Where did it all begin?

  • Plastic Free July started as a local community initiative in Perth's western suburbs in 2011 to educate residents on the important notion of 'reuse'.
  • In 2012, Plastic Free July expanded across Perth and even attracted national and international interest.
  • In 2013 the Plastic Free July website was developed
  • In 2014 over 14,000 individuals, schools, businesses and organisations from 69 countries participated in the challenge!

The Challenge

The challenge is quite simple. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. "Single-use" includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging...basically anything that's intended only to be used once and then discarded. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (plastic bags, bottles takeaway coffee cups & straws).

The rules

  1. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.
  2. Remember it's not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition so don't worry about being perfect.
  3. Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy. Keep in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of the challenge.
  4. It's up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer! However long you choose will still make a contribution.

Why you should participate

Apart from the small amount of plastic which has been incinerated EVERY piece of plastic which was ever produced still exists on earth somewhere. In the first 10 years of this century MORE plastic was produced than the entire last century!

  1. Australians send 1 million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year. Do your part to make a change.
  2. Why use something for a few seconds that is going to spend the rest of your life trying to break down in landfill? We really need to change our habits.

How to participate

Visit the Plastic Free July website to register-


Plastic Free July in our Region

Mid-Western Regional Council is promoting the Plastic Free July challenge within our region again in 2018.

Last year Council distributed 3,000 calico bags to supermarkets to hand out to customers.

This year Council is subsidising 1,000 glass reusable coffee cups. These are available for $5 from Mudgee, Gulgong and Rylstone Admin Offices as well as Mudgee and Kandos libraries. There are 7 colours available – Turquoise, Blue, Green, Pink, Orange, Yellow, and Red. There are a limited number of stock of each colour, so first in best dressed.


The following cafes support reusable coffee cups by providing a discount for customers using their cup.

Please note at some cafes discount will not apply if cups need to be cleaned. 




Church Street Eatery                        $1

Café 89                                             80c

Wineglass                                         70c (for a large. 50c for small)

B.Ash                                               50c

Who Ate the Cake                           50c

Lovejoy Village coffee bar              50c

ISPA Kebabs                                    50c

Abbey and Esters                            50c (only for the MWRC cups during July)

Artisan                                               40c (selling the cups as well)

Ashley’s lunchbox                           40c

Simply fresh                                      40c (during July only)

Muffin break                                     30c

Sweet As                                           30c

Warbehr Art House                          30c (during July)

Quick Brown Fox                             20c

Dad’s deli                                          20c

Mudgee bakery                                20c

Sweet treats                                      20c     

Corner store                                      Buy 9 get the 10th free





Gulgong Local Arts and Crafts      50c

Mayne St Café                                 50c

Butcher Shop Café                         50c (during July)

Cobbs Bakery                                   20c




Café on Louee                                 50c

Saffron Kitchen                                50c




Some businesses are supporting the initiative in other ways and some are promoting plastic reduction all year round, not just in July. Supporting businesses are:

  • The Inside Shop- selling plastic reduction homewares
  • Rylstone Friendly Grocer- Stocks 'Who gives a crap' toilet paper
  • Mudgee softdrink wholesalers- Stocks 'Who gives a crap' toilet paper
  • Café 89- sells reusable coffee cups for $18 and stainless steel straws
  • B.Ash café- A no plastic café. Uses stainless steel straws and paper straws as well as other plastic substitutions.
  • Lovejoy Village coffee bar- sells locally handmade Brett Niven Ceramics cuddle cups for $45
  • Corner Store- sells locally handmade Brett Niven Ceramics cuddle cups for $45 and other reusable cups
  • Go Vita- sells reusable stainless steel straws
  • Dad’s deli- sells reusable coffee cups for $8 with a 50c discount for refills on those cups


If you would like to add your business to this list please contact Council’s Environment Coordinator.