Colchester launch ‘Plastic Pledge’ to reduce single-use plastic waste

Colchester Council have announced their commitment to phasing out single-use plastics and are now launching their own campaign to encourage residents to follow their example.

Colchester Plastic Pledge has been launched to encourage all borough residents and local organisations to make their own online pledge to reduce their use of single-use plastics.

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Recently shown on TV, the BBCs Blue Planet 2 and Drowning in Plastic brought home the volume and types of plastics being used worldwide. The programmes demonstrated the dramatic impact waste plastic has on wildlife and the environment.

Cllr. David King (Lib), Portfolio Holder for Resources, said “I am delighted that the council are launching this campaign to encourage local residents and organisations to be more plastic aware and commit to reducing their use of single-use plastics.

“I know some local organisations are already taking positive steps towards achieving this, and Wivenhoe House Hotel who have already developed a Plastic Patrol are a fantastic example of this.”

Speaking on the campaign, Oliver Brown, General Manager of Wivenhoe House Hotel, said: “We are delighted to commit to The Colchester Plastic Pledge. Early in 2018 we launched our Plastic Patrol and Wivenhoe House Hotel has made considerable strides in reducing single-use plastic throughout the hotel.

“Working with staff and suppliers we are constantly looking for more ways to decrease our impact on our environment.”

The Colchester Plastic Pledge campaign is part of the Council’s drive to help reduce all types of waste, especially plastic waste.

Making a pledge is quick and easy – all local residents and organisations need to do is visit and choose a pledge or create their own.

The campaign social media hashtag #colplasticpledge is being used to share news of pledges and the wider campaign encouraging others to take part too.