Spelthorne Borough Council is encouraging residents to support Plastic Free July by making small changes to their lifestyles.

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20 July 2020

Spelthorne Borough Council is encouraging residents to support Plastic Free July by making small changes to their lifestyles.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution - so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

In 2019 the Council committed to reducing the use of single-use plastics and we have developed an action plan and policy for Spelthorne including providing staff with reusable cups and removing coffee machines from our office buildings. The Council has reduced its energy usage by almost 40 per cent in the past decade and we have taken steps in other areas to further reduce this. Earlier this year, we introduced a new fleet of electric vehicles and purchased two electric bicycles for staff to use when travelling between our sites.

Some simple changes can help reduce the amount of single-use plastics in Spelthorne:

  • refuse plastic straws. If you want or need to use a straw you can buy reusable metal ones
  • use your own reusable cutlery, such as a lightweight camping spork, rather than disposable plastic cutlery
  • use up your leftovers or make your own lunch at home and take it with you the next day in a reusable tub. For recipe ideas, visit the leftover recipe page
  • switch from bottled shampoo and shower gel to soap and shampoo bars
  • exchange a plastic toothbrush for a bamboo alternative. The benefit is the bamboo can be composted at home
  • use beeswax wraps as an alternative to cling film
  • use a reusable mesh bag when buying loose fruit and vegetables
  • remember to take shopping bags with you to avoid buying plastic ones. You can buy bags that fold into a small pouch so you always have one with you, ready for any unplanned impulse buys. Any old plastic bags that you have can be kept and used to recycle old clothes and home textiles or line food waste caddies

Cllr John Boughtflower, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: "It is vitally important that we adapt our living to become a more sustainable planet. Plastic Free July can be a catalyst for change by adapting the way we live. This can involve switching to a refillable water bottle, rather than using disposable cups and bottles. By making small changes to our lifestyles we can make a big impact on the community. The Council is doing everything it can to lower our plastic usage and reduce its carbon footprint and will be looking at ways it can improve in the future."

Residents also have a chance to win a zero waste hamper through the Surrey Environment Partnership by submitting a photograph and a short description of a recently completed upcycling project. Submissions close at midnight 31 July 2020. Further details can be found here: www.surreyep.org.uk/competition/

Notes to Editors

You can also keep up to date with all Council news by signing up to our e-newsletter or register for My Alerts which will keep you up to date on selected information by email including rubbish/recycling collection reminders.

May 2020 - New electric vehicles for Spelthorne: www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/19318/New-electric-vehicles-for-Spelthorne

March 2020 - Spelthorne goes electric: www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/19102/Spelthorne-goes-electric

February 2020 - Spelthorne going green: www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/19100/Spelthorne-going-green

June 2019 - tackling single-use plastics: www.spelthorne.gov.uk/sup