Uttlesford groups encouraged to sign up to pledge to cut plastic pollution

Local authorities in Essex, including Uttlesford District Council, have come together to encourage businesses, schools and community groups to join them and 'Love Essex Not Plastic'.

In January, Love Essex launched its campaign to tackle the issue of single-use plastic, urging households to switch to reusable options and recycle more. With over 2,700 residents already pledging, the campaign is now in full swing.

So far most people told us they already use reusable shopping bags, but many residents have pledged to make even more switches such as carrying a reusable coffee cup or water bottle, or even trying some waste-free lunch ideas.

The pledge is still open to residents wanting to get involved, but is now also asking businesses, schools and community groups to take the pledge and see how they can reduce single-use plastic waste at work and school.

Each group that signs the Essex Plastic Pledge will receive a free online resource pack which is full of ideas, hints and tips on quick and easy switches to help inspire people to get involved.

Cllr Louise Pepper, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Green Issues at Uttlesford District Council, said: "We have had a good response so far from residents wanting to make a change - now we're inviting local businesses, schools and community groups to get involved too.

"We've all seen the devastating impact that plastic is having on the planet. This is a year of change and it is vital we all do whatever is necessary to reduce our use of single-use plastic. Together we can make a difference." 

If you want to do your bit to reduce plastic waste, whether that's using a reusable water bottle or coffee cup, switching to a bar of soap or saying no to plastic straws, take the Essex Plastic Pledge at www.loveessex.org/plasticpledge.

2 March 2020