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

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

Local authorities in Essex have come together to do their bit for the planet and are encouraging 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, full of ideas, hints and tips on quick and easy switches to help inspire people to get involved.

Councillor Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Environment and Place at Braintree District Council, said, “We’ve had a fantastic response so far from residents wanting to make a change. Now, we’re excited to bring everyone together by inviting local businesses, schools and community groups to get involved too. 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.