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No Excuse for Single Use Plastic campaign

No Excuse for Single Use - Plastic bottle in the seaAs part of the summer campaign, the Council's Recycling team worked with the Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park to encourage people to bring a plastic-free picnic along to the Picnic in the Park event in August.

Plastic Free Chester got involved by judging who had the most plastic-free picnic, with the winning family receiving a prize hamper from the Council’s Waste Management team.

Top tips for going plastic free were promoted on Dee106.3 radio station and a member of the team did the 60-second sell on the afternoon show with Mike James. A leaflet was sent out to all residents with tips and information on what can be recycled and social media posts have been shared on Twitter and Facebook.

The team was also at a number of events and the Council's libraries over the summer, with activities for children to help educate them about plastic waste and the recycling process.

Alongside the campaign, the Chester and District Friends of the Earth group has recently run a children's poster competition about single use plastics. The Council will be using some of these images to put up signage along the River Dee, encouraging people to use alternatives to plastic and not drop litter.

Coming up

In September, the team will be encouraging people to give up using single-use plastics as part of the national Recycle Now Week, which takes place from 23 September 2019. Could you commit to not using single use plastic during this week?

Share your plastic alternatives on your social media channels using the hashtag #plasticfreewestcheshire.

What you can do to reduce single-use plastic

  • Remember your refillable water bottle
  • Take a reusable coffee cup and refuse single-use take away cup
  • Refuse single-use packaging
  • Resist a straw or a buy a reusable one
  • Refuse a single-use plastic bag and take your own
  • Take your own cutlery or use sustainable alternatives
  • Avoid single-use plastics in the bathroom
  • Refuse single-use condiment sachets
  • If you visit a beach, grab a handful of plastic litter and recycle or dispose of it.
  • Get local milk in reusable glass bottles

Other ways to get involved

Recycle first website


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