London consumes more plastic bottled water than anywhere else in England, a total of 7.7bn bottles a year, according to a London Assembly Environment Committee report published this year. However, the capital has the worst recycling rate in the UK at 32%, compared with a national average of 43%.
Plastic waste is a growing problem and is creating a number of environmental challenges. Therefore, we’re calling on residents to support the #PlasticsPledge campaign to reduce plastic use.
Some top tips for easy things you can do to help reduce plastics include:
- Pack your own lunch and love your leftovers in reusable containers
- Carry a reusable mug for hot drinks and save money in many outlets which will fill up your cup
- Buy fruit and veg loose to avoid unnecessary plastic packaging waste
- Refill bottles with tap water
- Take a reusable bag to the shops
Free reusable #PlasticsPledge bags will be available from Southwark Reuse and Recycling Centre to help residents reduce plastic waste. Residents who make the pledge online will be sent a bag by postal delivery.
Rochelle D’Cruz, Regional Communications Manager for Veolia in London, said: ‘Reducing, reusing and recycling more plastic items helps to save resources and prevents materials being sent to landfill. By supporting our #PlasticsPledge and adopting just one of the top tips above, Londoners really can make a difference to help reduce waste and create a more sustainable capital.’