Frankston City businesses have been praised for their waste management practices and prevention of waste and litter. Mayor Michael O’Reilly said the council worked with the EPA and 3199 Frankston Beach Patrol to engage businesses in the city centre to help each reduce their impact on the environment.
“More than 200 local businesses were engaged through our Bay Friendly Businesses program, with the assistance of the Victorian Government,” Cr O’Reilly said. “It’s great to see so many businesses taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment.”
Cr O’Reilly said Eeny Meeny, Breathe Hair, Bendigo Bank, Trims Restaurant, Australian Red Cross and Drummond Golf also signed a Voluntary Code of Practice and pledged to implement additional improvement actions. Eeny Meeny, Breathe Hair and Bendigo Bank were recognised as Bay Friendly Businesses for meeting all the required actions in the code.
Some of the waste-reducing measures businesses took included no longer distributing plastic bags; replacing disposable plastic straws with paper ones; dropping off waste oil to an oil recycler; introducing a recycling collection; pledging to replace some items with equivalent items made from recycled materials; and collecting compostable items such as non-recyclable paper towels and coffee grounds for home composting.
“These actions help to protect our environment into the future,” Cr O’Reilly said. “Sharing these achievements could help inspire other businesses to take similar steps to reduce waste or better manage waste.”