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PlasticSmart aims to reduce plastic and increase recycling in Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with simple, practical actions.

 

Why is plastic a problem?

Whilst plastic is a really useful product, the problem is that most of it isn’t biodegradable. 

It doesn’t rot and it can hang around in the environment for hundreds of years. 

This is bad enough when it is in a landfill site, but much worse when it is left as litter and ends up in the sea.

 

Do we produce much plastic?

Each year, 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced. 

Around 40% of that is single use – used once, often for only a few minutes, and then thrown away. 

Not sure how much plastic you are using?  Calculate your plastic footprint

 

Can I recycle my plastic?

Whilst some of our plastic can be recycled – bottles and food containers can go in our blue bins – many plastics can’t be recycled and lots end up as litter.

Soft plastics have to go in the black bin. 

 

What can I do to reduce plastic?

We can all try to avoid single use plastic bags and water bottles, disposable take-away coffee cups and wipes, plastic packaging and wrap. .

Try The Plastic Challenge and start making simple changes today.

 

We're asking all our stakeholders to take action; make small, simple changes to become PlasticSmart  

 

Schools –ban plastic straws, use re-fillable water bottles and avoid plastic bags and wrap and disposable wipes.

Cafés – ban plastic straws, offer compostable take away coffee cups, offer a reduced price to people bringing their own ‘keep cup’ for take away coffee, offer free water bottle re-fills through Council’s ‘H2O On the Go’ scheme.  
Shops – offer re-usable bags, ‘keep cups’ and re-usable water bottles for sale.
Businesses – encourage staff to ban plastic straws, use re-fillable water bottles and coffee cups, avoid plastic bags and wrap.   
Churches – ban disposable plastic cups and plastic straws, offer free water bottle re-fills through Council’s ‘H2O On the Go’ scheme. 

Individuals - say no to plastic straws, plastic bags and plastic wrap/packaging.  Bring your own water bottle and re-usable coffee cup when you're out and about.  Make the switch to cloths instead of disposable wipes.

 

  Look out for the PlasticSmart and ‘H2O On the Go’ logos around Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council – these will be displayed on premises working hard to reduce single use plastics.

 

For more information email recycle@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or phone 028 2766 0248.  We are happy to help your school, cafe, shop, business, church and you to become PlasticSmart

 

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