Plastic Free Canterbury have teamed up with Surfers Against Sewage with the aim of reducing the use of plastics in our city and the surrounding villages, focussing initially on Single Use Plastics. Our goal is to achieve Plastic Free Accreditation for our area.
Anyone who has visited the Kent coastline or walked along the River Stour will know that there is an unacceptable amount of plastic litter in our natural environment. We are determined to clean up our area and are seeking your help.
In partnership with local businesses and community organisations we want to find out the barriers to change and make efforts towards creating a better environment.
We would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete one of the following surveys, we want to understand how single use plastics are used in our community and what can be done to mitigate the damage they inflict. If you have any questions about these questionnaires or anything to do with our work please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the 12th of June we are holding our ‘Stour Marathon Clear Up’ where, along with our partner organisations, we will be attempting to clear 1,000 pieces of plastic waste from the river Stour as it passes through Canterbury. We will also be logging sites for future clean ups by walking a marathon length of the river from Chartham to Pegwell Bay . Please click here to go to our justgiving page for more details and to support our endeavours.
How Can Individuals help?
|Reuse||Carry a reusable water bottle or coffee cup rather than buying throwaway plastic ones
Use a tote bag or other reusable bag rather than single use plastic bags
Avoid plastic cutlery, straws, plates and cups
|Refill||Some shops will now refill shampoo, soaps and laundry detergents, amongst others|
|Recycle||Use the correct bin
Take your rubbish home
|Advocate||Speak to your local supermarket, café or pub about what you would like to see as a valued consumer
Contact your local MP and councillors to voice your concerns
|Educate||Speak to your family and friends, set an example and be part of the solution|