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Join the Cities of Marion and Mitcham to learn about the issues of plastic pollution at our virtual screening of The Story of Plastic, followed by a panel discussion on Thursday 23rd July at 7pm with local experts sharing their insights on plastic waste issues and solutions.
The Story Of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the human-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. The film features interviews with experts and activists on the front lines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and the global movement that is rising up in response. The Story Of Plastic is presented by The Story of Stuff Project, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the way that we make, use, and throw away Stuff so that it is more sustainable, healthy, and fair.
The panel discussion on Thursday 23 July at 7pm will provide an opportunity for you to ask local experts about plastic pollution issues and solutions. Our panel will be hosted by Allison Byrne, Education Officer Waste and Recycling at City of Marion and our panel guests will include:
• Kelly Smith, Co-ordinator, Plastic Free SA: As the Project Co-ordinator of Plastic Free SA, Kelly helps businesses shift away from single-use plastics. She is passionate about social justice, and since being confronted with the visible plastic pollution in the Philippines, Kelly realised that our plastic problem was far more hidden. Her growing understanding of environmental issues saw her making changes in her own life and as an activist, she also strives to see change extend beyond the individual.
• Matthew Allan, Senior Consultant, Rawtec: Matt Allan is a waste and resource management consultant with more than seven years’ professional services experience. With a background in psychology, Matt is passionate about finding ways to better manage resources for a finance, environment and human behaviour perspective. Matt is acting Chair for the SA branch of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) Young Professionals Group and as a member of the International Solid Waste Association Matt has insights into waste management issues from an international perspective.
• Robbie Westley, State Manager, Replas Recycled Plastic products: With 15 years’ experience in the recycling industry Robbie’s knowledge of recycled products is second to none. Robbie is passionate about the environment and is driven by creating a sustainable community that reduces, reuses and recycles plastic. He engages with community members and stakeholders to re-think product selection and purchase to recycled plastic products. Through the REDcycle Program, Replas partners with Coles and Woolworths, and the soft plastic material collected through the program can be recycled by Replas and turned into products designed for outdoor use within the community.
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