Pledge to reduce plastics during Recycle Week with Veolia

How we plan to reduce the amount of plastic consumed in Southwark this Recycle Week

To celebrate this year’s Recycle Week, Veolia Southwark are launching a #PlasticsPledge campaign. Veolia are asking residents to simply reduce, reuse and recycle more plastics. To promote the campaign and help residents fulfil their pledge, free reusable bags will be available from the Southwark Reuse and Recycling Centre. Bags will also be posted to residents who make the pledge online. 

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.’