Cheshire East Council says it has made a significant commitment to reduce the impact of single-use plastic, and is urging residents to do the same.
The council, through its wholly-owned waste and recycling company Ansa, has produced a community toolkit to offer tips on how people can make a difference.
The campaign is called ‘Life with Less Plastic’ and is open for anyone to get involved.
Some of the easy wins to get you started include:
● Stop using plastic straws and use environmentally-friendly alternatives such as steel and glass straws instead (the UK uses a remarkable 8.5 billion plastic straws a year)
● Invest in canvas or cotton bags for your shopping and keep them handy
● Use a razor with replaceable blades rather than a disposable one
● Carry your own drink container with you and refill it instead of purchasing new bottled water
One example of the action being taken is the council’s decision to no longer provide plastic cups at water coolers in its corporate buildings, with staff are required to make their own provision.
Cllr Glen Williams, deputy cabinet member for environment, said: “Reduction of single-use plastic is something that the council is committed to for the long term.
“Most of us have seen those harrowing images of beautiful sea mammals caught up in plastic and it’s all our collective responsibility to say that enough is enough.”
If you would like to find out more about recycling in Cheshire East, visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/recycling