HOW DO YOU DO THIS?
- Support plastic free initiatives and the community groups working on them in your area.
- Work with Plastic Free Community leaders on the motion or resolution supporting Plastic Free Communities.
- Liaise with your community leaders to facilitate and promote the campaign locally.
- Encourage schools, businesses, community groups and individuals to get involved.
But most of all…
- Demonstrate leadership and set up a working group to examine the options available to reduce avoidable single-use plastic
- Perform a complete audit of avoidable, single-use plastic items used across council owned buildings and facilities.
- Develop a plastics strategy with specific objectives for eliminating avoidable single-use plastics. Link this to environmental policy, waste strategy and sustainable procurement policies where appropriate.
- Ensure appropriate recycling routes are available to capture plastic.
- Enable reuse and refill schemes to replace single-use plastic consumption.
- Consider how you can promote the reduction of single-use plastics across the council area and involve collection and waste disposal authorities in this process.
If you want to achieve status for your county or city, 70% of major towns, districts or boroughs should have achieved Plastic Free Community status with the rest working towards it.