PlastiCity are back and working with local businesses and schools to look at plastic waste and how to reduce, reuse and recycle more.
From 14 July, the team, who are based within Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, have been working with specialist consultants to collect waste samples from over 100 schools and businesses in Southend to learn more about the plastic waste being generated and if they have potential to be recycled into new products.
The aim is to demonstrate that plastic waste can be a valuable commodity. Plastic is collected via mini pilot recycling collection sites in key locations across the Borough. Once valuable streams of plastics have been identified, PlastiCity will work with stakeholders to develop new products.
Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment, culture, tourism and planning, said: “This is a unique and exciting opportunity to see if Southend can create new products from our plastic waste.
“The global amount of plastic not being recycled is totally unacceptable and a strategic approach to educate and support businesses in the recycling of commercial and industrial plastics is a big step in the right direction.
“It is a great opportunity for local businesses to become actively involved in learning more about the consequences of not recycling plastics to improve their own recycling rates.
“Locally, we know more can be done. It gives me great pride that we’re the only UK town involved in this project and with the University of Portsmouth assisting with research, I am sure we can inspire residents and businesses to get involved and focus on keeping future generations safe and well.”
In addition to this, the PlastiCity Team would also like to learn what motivates businesses and schools to recycle plastic and what they feel stops them from doing so. If you would like to help the team with this, please visit Your Say Southend where you can complete our recycling survey.
To find out more about the initiative, visit the PlastiCity webpage.