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. Responses to these questionnaires should be sent to plasticfreecanterbury@gmail.com.

You can find out more about what we’re trying to do by visiting the Surfers Against Sewage website and our own Facebook page.

How Can Individuals help?

ReuseCarry a reusable metal 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
RefillSome shops will now refill shampoo, soaps and laundry detergents, amongst others
RecycleUse the correct bin

Take your rubbish home
AdvocateSpeak 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
EducateSpeak to your family and friends, set an example and be part of the solution

20 billion plastic bottles are thrown away each year, whereas plastic bag use in the UK dropped by 59% in a single year. Change is possible.