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Tuesday 20 February

Swale supports plastics reduction campaign

A community initiative to encourage people to reduce the amount of single use plastic they use is being supported by Swale council.

Faversham’s Say No to Throwaway Plastic Week has been organised by local people to encourage friends, family, local businesses, organisations and schools to pledge to cut out (or cut down) the amount of single-use plastic we use - for seven days.

This could be avoiding all throwaway plastic, or taking a mini challenge like not buying fresh produce wrapped in plastic; investing in a reusable coffee cup, or saying 'no thanks' to plastic straws with drinks.

An officer from the council’s recycling team officers will be offering people information and advice about recycling at Faversham market on Friday, 23 February.

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council, said:

"It’s great to see local people mobilising to do something to help tackle the issue of single-use plastic.

"Some people still assume that if something is plastic, it must be recyclable, but unfortunately that isn’t the case.

"Things like single-use plastic water bottles, bags, coffee cups and sandwich packaging can’t be recycled, so by choosing not to use them in the first place you can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill."

Faversham No Plastic Week runs from 18-24 February. For more information visit the group’s Facebook page.

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