PLASTIC NOT FANTASTIC: Program manager Chad Buxton with youth ambassador Faith Roche.
PLASTIC NOT FANTASTIC: Program manager Chad Buxton with youth ambassador Faith Roche.

Will we see a plastic-free Noosa?

Imagine a completely plastic-free Noosa.

It may sound like a hefty goal but it could be closer to reality than we think.

Program manager for Plastic Free Noosa Chad Buxton has been working alongside hundreds of businesses and individuals to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics from the egion.

"The strength and the focus of the Plastic Free Noosa program is to engage with the businesses, cafes and restaurants initially," he said.

"The day to day of it is going out to the businesses and having an induction.

"Sitting down with them and going through the key target items we are trying to eliminate."

"Things like cutlery, takeaway containers, plastic water bottles and straws."

The group has more than 250 members, with more joining up every week.

"Franchises are particular tricky because the manager may not have decisive power," Mr Buxton said.

A qualified marine scientist, he knows all too well the dangerous effects plastics can have once they reach our waterways.

"The world at large is much more aware of the issues of plastic pollution than it was even one or two years ago," he said.

"That makes my job a lot easier."

Our Government leaders are on board to assist the program making the organisation's long-term goal seem more achievable.

"The issue of plastic pollution is bipartisan," he said.

"Single-use plastic is starting to get legislated.

"On the back of this program, Queensland has created a plastic pollution policy."