Op­por­tu­ni­ties never wasted

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

PLAS­TIC Free July or­gan­iser Re­becca Prince-Ruiz is a State Gov­ern­ment Waste Cham­pion for her work at the Cottes­loe-based Western Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Coun­cil.

“This award will al­low us to con­tinue to high­light the need to de­velop re­cy­cling by peo­ple, busi­ness and gov­ern­ments, and may as­sist with leg­is­lat­ing for ini­tia­tives like plas­tic bag bans in WA,” Ms Prince-Ruiz said.

Plas­tic Free July was es­tab­lished in 2005 and has since spread across Aus­tralia and to other coun­tries.

An­nounc­ing the Infinity Awards for waste re­duc­tion re­cently, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said Plas­tic Free July and Ms Prince-Ruiz’s ‘Bring one, get one tree’ cam­paign showed her com­mit­ment to waste re­duc­tion.

“Re­becca has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to chang­ing be­hav­iour for re­duc­ing the use of plas­tics, through the use of qual­ity data and so­cial me­dia with a global reach,” he said. In Fe­bru­ary, Ms Prince-Ruiz will use a Churchill Fel­low­ship to in­ves­ti­gate Euro­pean waste re­duc­tion and pro­mote Plas­tic Free July.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d425066

Na­billa Zayan and State Gov­ern­ment Waste Cham­pion Re­becca Prince-Ruiz.

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