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Plastic-Free Greater Sudbury gets $75K from the Ontario Trillium Foundation
A Sudbury environmental group is getting a big injection of funds from the province to help with efforts to reduce single-use plastics in the city.
This $75K from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will continue to support the organizations work with local businesses in the food and dining sector to reduce single use plastic.
There are currently 19 restaurants and cafes in Sudbury that have taken a pledge that challenges them to reduce or eliminate at least three or more single-use plastics from their businesses.
“Three things can be really easy, stir sticks and cutlery, most people don’t really need cutlery when they’re taking out to their house. These are really small easy things. Anything along the lines of single-use plastic,” said Michaela Penwarden-Watson, of Plastic-Free Greater Sudbury.
The group says based on the population of Sudbury, it has a goal to get 30 businesses to take the pledge by September of this year.
“By the end of this we’re going to be able to capture how much is really being taken out of rotation,” says Penwarden-Watson.
The first business to jump on board the campaign was Salute Coffee Company, in 2018.
“Switching out our plastic cutlery for bamboo was a change that we made, “ said co-owner Tania Renelli. “Offering a discount for people who are bringing their own mug or cup. Where we could choose paper bags instead of plastic, we did. Where we could choose a paper sandwich container instead of plastic, we did. I think it was difficult to say no, it’s a really inspiring initiative.”