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Residents can take action over plastic waste

Posted by Waveney District Council on 14 August 2018 | Comments

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Waveney residents are invited to find out more about reducing plastic waste at two community awareness events taking place next month.

On Thursday 6 September, the Greenprint Forum will be hosting a community event at the Kirkley Centre giving local people the opportunity to learn more about reducing plastic waste. As well as information stalls from leading local organisations, a special screening of A Plastic Tide will also be shown; this documentary reveals the damage that plastic waste is causing to our environment, to our oceans and to our health. The film will be screened at 10am, followed by a talk on recycling and waste management in Suffolk. From 11.15am, the event will be open for people to drop in. A seafront litter pick will also be taking place between 1pm and 2pm, and a final chance to browse stalls will be available before the event closes at 3pm.

On Wednesday 26 September, a second event will take place at Waveney District Council’s Riverside offices between 6pm and 10pm. This event will focus on research undertaken on the plastics industry, information on current Greenprint Forum projects as well as workshops and discussions on reducing and recycling plastics. There will be a chance to browse stalls at the start and end of this event and A Plastic Tide will also be screened between 6pm and 6.45pm.

Cllr Graham Catchpole, Waveney’s Cabinet Member for Operational Partnerships said:

“We are sadly now familiar with the shocking scenes of plastic waste in our oceans however many people are unaware that plastic can also affect our food and our overall health and wellbeing.

These events offer residents from Lowestoft and across Waveney the opportunity to find out more about how they can take action against littering and plastic waste, both individually and as a community, and help ‘do their bit’ for our environment.”

The Greenprint Forum is a voluntary network facilitated by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils to help enable communities to take environmental action to improve lives, boost community health and strengthen the local economy.

The Kirkley event takes place at The Kirkley Centre, 154 London Road South, Lowestoft, NR33 0AZ.

The Riverside event takes place at Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ.

Spaces are limited so booking is advisable (drop-ins permitted after 11:15am on 6 September).

To book a place, please email GreenIssues@eastsuffolk.gov.uk  or call 01394 444747.