Reducing single use plastic

Our Partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue  

Hart District Council is piloting a 12-month initiative from the summer of 2018 with Sky Ocean Rescue (SOR) to reduce the use of single use plastic (SUP) across the district. 

The initiative is aimed at reducing the significant threat to wildlife and the environment caused by using disposable single use plastic items and will focus on reducing the waste that the council produces either directly or indirectly, as well as educating the public on how to do the same. 

The Council will work with the public, schools and local businesses to inform and educate them on how they can make their environments SUP free 

The full Cabinet report can be viewed here.  

Why we need to reduce the use of single use plastic 

Every minute, the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic goes into our oceans, it never decomposes and will remain there forever. If nothing changes, by 2050 all the plastic in the ocean could weigh more than all the fish. The consequences for marine wildlife can be devastating, as this Killed by Plastic pollution video clearly demonstrates. Our oceans’ health affects us all, so we all need to take action to protect them. 

Who are the project partners? 

Both Sky Ocean Rescue and Surfers Against Sewerage aim to shine a spotlight on the issues affecting ocean health and wildlife and inspire people to make small everyday changes that collectively make a huge difference in their communities.  

What outcomes have been achieved so far: 

  • We have eliminated all our single use plastic cups from within the council meeting rooms and each member of staff has been issued with a refillable bottle. 
  • We have now registered with https://refill.org.uk/ as a site where you can refill your water bottle. The fountain is available in the main reception area. 
  • A project team has been created and an action plan has been formalised which will be regularly monitored to view the progress that we are making. If you would like to get involved, then contact us at countryside@hart.gov.uk 
  • We have identified a 'Community Champion' who is working alongside us to help educate, inform and promote the reduction in SUP's around the district. You can contact Kate Cottrell at Kate@fleet-scoop.co.uk 

How you can get involved 

Find out how you can #PassOnPlastic , join a refill schemecreate a Plastic Free community, or join a river clean. 

Useful links 

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