Council is encouraging local food businesses to join the Plastic Free Mornington Peninsula program. The program is jointly funded by Council and the Commonwealth Government to provide assistance to food retailers on the Peninsula to who want to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics.

With the Victorian Government announcing a ban on certain single-use plastic items by February 2023, now is a great time to start thinking about alternatives.

Plastic Free Mornington Peninsula is a partnership between Australia’s peak not-for-profit waste organisation, the Boomerang Alliance, and local group Waste Wise Mornington Peninsula. It is a part of the national Plastic Free Places program, which has helped businesses across Australia eliminate over 8 million single-use plastic items.

The program works with local food businesses to help them switch from single-use plastics, offering free packaging advice tailored to each business, resources to save packaging costs and waste, and promotional opportunities.

Businesses on the Peninsula can take up the challenge to ditch single-use plastic with the help of the Plastic Free Mornington Peninsula project. This initiative is making it easy for local food retailers to transition away from providing plastic takeaway items such as cutlery, straws takeaway containers and coffee cups.

‘Here on the Peninsula we regularly find plastic takeaway items littered on our beaches’ said program coordinator and Waste Wise Peninsula co-founder Birte Moliere. ‘With legislation coming into Victoria in February 2023 banning some single-use plastic items, it’s a great time for businesses to start thinking about alternatives. We can help by working directly with them, looking at what they’re using and showing them what alternatives are available to them. We can also help them reduce packaging costs and offer free promotion’.

Ms Moliere said “This is a tried and true program that Boomerang Alliance has rolled out in eight communities across Australia, helping businesses in those communities eliminate over 8 million pieces of single-use plastic. We are excited to see this program happening on the Peninsula”

For more information and to register interest, please head to or contact local program coordinator Birte Moliere on [email protected]

Food businesses that are working on reducing their waste should consider being a part of the Best Bites program. Its free and a great way to build your businesses profile.

To qualify for consideration in the Best Bites Food Guide, the business must achieve the following:

  • Obtain a score of 95% or above in the annual food premises assessment
  • Safely manage food allergens and provide allergen information to customers on request.

A Shire Environmental Health Officer visits the business to validate a short list of key criteria across the five pillars of Access & Inclusion, Nutrition & Healthy eating, Smoke Free Dining & Alcohol Management, Recycling & Waste Initiatives, Energy & Water Efficiency. Businesses can be listed in one or more sections – they don’t have to be listed in all five, but the more areas your business is validated in, the more recognition and exposure your business gets! Each area validated will ensure the business is listed under that section of the Best Bites Food Guide.

Read more about how to get into the Best Bites Food Guide and the other pillars of excellence, or get in touch  with the Shire's Environmental Health Team to ask any questions. Phone them on 5950 1373 or contact the team online.

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