The Straws Suck campaign is a free program that assists Australian Capital Territory cafes and bars get rid of plastic waste, primarily on single-use plastic straws. Businesses are encouraged to make a pledge to reduce the amount of single-use plastic straws they provide customers.
Single-use plastic straws are harmful to the environment and are regularly in the list of the most littered items. Straws are a harmful and non-recyclable type of waste and as a soft plastic they don't break down, they end up polluting waterways and harming wildlife, and they're made using polluting fossil fuels.
Participating, businesses will:
- be provided with marketing materials to promote their pledge to customers
- reduce their costs
- reduce their impact on the environment
- contribute to less single-use plastic straws being used and going to land fill
- create public recognition
Patrons are also encouraged to refuse single-use straws.
To be eligible your business must be located in the Australian Capital Territory.
Other conditions may apply.
Check your eligibility and apply at:
- actsmart website
- call 13 22 81