Single use plastics are everywhere – from the bottle of water in your bag and the straw in your plastic cup to your shopping bags and your yoghurt pots.
Staggering amounts of single use items are used on a daily basis with many ending up in the oceans and on beaches – posing dangers to the environment and wildlife, both locally and internationally.
With over 13 billion single use carrier bags used in the UK each year which can take up to 500 years to decompose, it’s becoming a major UK and issue world-wide.
As a result, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is encouraging residents across the Borough to reduce the amount of single use plastics they use daily by making some simple environmentally friendly changes, including:
- Carrying a reusable water bottle
- Buying fruit and veg loose rather than pre packed
- Reusing shopping bags
- Choosing cardboard packaging over plastic
- Saying no to plastic straws
- Saying no to disposable cutlery
- Packing lunch in a reusable container
- Using bars of soap rather than bottled soaps/shampoos
- Avoiding using single-use condiment sachets
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Julie Flaherty, comments “We all have a role to play in reducing the amount of plastics used in society. These simple changes may not seem like a lot individually but if everyone made a small change and became more aware of the plastic problem, we could collectively make a massive difference.”
For more helpful hints and tips on how to reduce waste, download the council’s bin-ovation app from the Play or App Store or contact Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council on 0300 0300 900.