Category: Environment

Refill campaign to help the public stay safe, stay hydrated and prevent plastic pollution this summer.

With the school holidays, UK staycations and summer day trips in full swing as lockdown has eased in recent weeks, City to Sea, the environmental organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution at source, said there has been a huge increase in littering across the UK on our streets, parks and beaches as the public head out to enjoy the sunshine with friends and family.

To reduce littering and waste, consumers are being encouraged to choose to reuse by opting to take reusable water bottles, coffee cups and lunchboxes with them to fill up on the go, rather than buying single-use plastic items.

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East of England councils must ‘up their game’ on fly tipping

GMB, the union for refuse and street cleaning workers, said that zero tolerance needed on fly tipping and councils must ‘up their game’.

It added that its study found that East of England councils took too few actions following 61,423 incidents in 2019/20.

GMB London and East of England said that as well as punishing fly-tippers, councils must make it easy to use recycling and collection schemes for bulk items while pandemic access restrictions on using recycling centres requiring bookings need to be rolled back.

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Bedford Borough Council backs ‘Plastic Free July’

Plastic Free July is a global movement to help people be part of the solution to plastic pollution, so we can have cleaner streets, oceans and communities.

The Bedford Borough Council said it has seen over 13% more rubbish put in black bins locally during the pandemic, which equates to almost 5,000 tonnes more waste.

Recycle Now estimates that 79% of the plastic waste ever created is still in our environment, and only 58% of plastic bottles are recycled.

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Great Big Green Week Bedford – 18 until 26 September 2021

Taking place between 18-26 September 2021, the climate action campaign known as the Great Big Green Week will see thousands of people across the UK organising local festivals and events.

The campaign aims to draw attention to climate change, destruction of the natural world, while also making a connection with these issues in communities like Bedford, at the same time as showcasing actions to tackle climate change.

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