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