PRESSURE group Plastic Free Redditch has been joined by HoW College, Redditch in the fight against single-use plastic.
Plastic Free Communities (PFC) an initiative pioneered by charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), aims to tackle the growing problem of single-use plastic and its devastating impact on the environment.
The PFC objectives challenge communities, businesses and local government to reduce reliance on single use plastic items, replacing them with sustainable alternatives, educate others on the threat of plastic pollution and lead community events such as litterpicks and fundraisers.
Redditch is striving to join more than 700 communities who are working on the five step plan to tackle plastic pollution at source.
Talking about the collaboration, college principal Stuart Laverick said: “We’re proud to be recognised as a community ally, celebrated for our contribution to building a community that protects the environment for future generations.
“Our students and staff are passionate about sustainability, and this is another step forward to show how we can all make a difference.”
Dr. Nayab Patel community leader for Plastic Free Redditch, said: “We are thrilled that HoW College is now the first community ally for Plastic Free Redditch.
“To win the Plastic Free Communities status, Redditch has to complete five objectives set out by SAS such as setting up a steering group, getting local council commitment, working with community allies, local businesses and organising clean-up drives.
“This does not mean we will eliminate all plastic it means we have set-up the ground work to bring about the cultural change we need.”
Thus far, HoW College has introduced a reusable coffee cup scheme for staff and students, stopped using single-use plastic cups at its water coolers, and introduced plant-based packaging in its canteens.
It is also working with waste management company Biffa on a campaign to reduce food waste.
Visit Plastic Free Redditch on Facebook for more information.