Recycling the way we think about plastic

Published: Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Do you think about how you use plastic? Changing the way we think to help us all enjoy a greener and cleaner borough, is what Havering Council is focusing on at events to mark Recycle Week 23-29 September.

The Council’s waste and recycling team have been giving out free reusable aluminium water bottles as part of the national Refill campaign plus general advice, to help residents look to reduce the use of plastic in the home, at work and at school.

Staff will be talking about recycling and waste reduction with families at Rainham Village Children’s Centre on Wednesday 25 September 11am to 2pm and will be at the following venues later this week:

  • Thursday 26 September, Liberty Shopping Centre, 9am-4.30pm
  • Friday 27 September, myplace, Harold Hill, 12noon-4pm

Swapping single-use plastic bottles for reusable water bottles is just one way that the Council’s waste and recycling team are raising awareness of waste and environmental issues.

They will also be advising on alternatives to single use plastic items such as shampoo bars, encouraging parents to try real nappies, home composting, what to do with old and broken electrical items and how to reduce your food waste to save you money.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “ We want to help change and raise awareness on the best way we can reduce our use of plastic in our everyday lives. This is why we are supporting Recycle Week.

“With this in mind, we encourage everyone to use free water refill stations around the borough and we will be continuing to provide as many opportunities as we can, to encourage our residents to make healthier and more sustainable choices to to help minimise our waste and consider what changes we can make to help provide a greener environment for Havering.”