Efforts to remove single-use plastic from Uckfield are “going well”, according to the Plastic Free Uckfield group.
The update was given to members of Uckfield Town Council in a report from Cllr Ben Cox.
He said Plastic Free Uckfield was growing, many companies were on the water refill scheme and online campaigning was working.
Initiatives by the group include:
- getting recycling bins in town next to general waste bins;
- Looking into a Tetra Pak recycling station in Uckfield [Tetra Paks are not long recyclable via the district council kerbside collections]; and
- Getting schools more involved.
He said a scheme was being set up with schools called High Five. His report continued:
“This is where we look to get each young person to cut out five single-use plastics from their everyday lives.
“Uckfield College are really proactive in respect of being plastic free and have expressed that they want to be involved with the High Five scheme and others.”
Cllr Cox provided a statement from Uckfield College on what it already does.The college has worked with staff, the student council and catering company to reduce single use plastic. Examples are:
– no plastic cutlery in the canteen, nor in the staffroom;
- the college no longer buys bottles of water eg: candidates on interview have to bring their own water bottle and there are no water bottles for meetings;
- working with the catering company which is introducing compostable
plastic containers made from starch.
Refill Uckfield was launched in June. See our report from the time here
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