Chelmsford City Council are running a campaign over the next couple of months to encourage residents to reduce the amount of single use plastic they use.
Love Your Chelmsford, the Council’s programme to encourage residents, community groups and organisations to help improve the local environment in and around Chelmsford, aims to raise more awareness on plastic pollution. Love Your Chelmsford will be hosting several roadshows to help you on your way to cutting down on single use plastic with some advice and free give-aways. The team will be at:
ASDA, South Woodham Ferrers on Saturday 29 September 9.30am-4.30pm
ASDA, Chelmer Village on Thursday 11 October 10am-2pm
Morrisons, Newland Springs on Thursday 18 October 10am-2pm
Sainsburys, Springfield on Saturday 27 October 9.30am-4.30pm
300 million tonnes of plastic is manufactured every year, half of which is discarded after use and every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into oceans. Plastic pollution, as seen highlighted on recent TV documentaries is a worldwide problem since it is a long-lasting pollutant which does not breakdown, polluting and damaging the environment and wildlife.
There are many ways you can reduce how much single use plastic you use:
- Using a reusable bag
- Using a reusable water bottle – there are now several locations in Chelmsford where you can fill up your water bottle for free (See www.refill.org.uk)
- Refusing plastic straws when out and about. There are also alternative metal and paper options available to buy to use at home.
- Try not to use plastic cutlery
- Use a sandwich box instead of cling film
- Purchase fruit and vegetables which are loose rather than in plastic packaging
- Use a razor with replaceable blades rather than a disposable one
Cllr Malcolm Sismey, Cabinet Member for Waste Management and Recycling said “We are urging residents to think about the products they buy and whether they can use or buy alternatives. Less plastic means less to dispose of, which saves money and resources and it’s better for the environment and wildlife.
The council already organises a number of litter picks and river clean-ups throughout the year and the amount of single-use plastic that is collected both on the ground and in the river is shocking.”
Let us know what you are doing to cut out single use plastic at home on Facebook @LoveYourChelmsford. For further information on the campaign please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 28 September 2018