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Help your community become ‘plastic clever’

Posted by East Suffolk Communications Team on 11 February 2020 | Comments

Volunteers are being asked to step forward to help their local community take a smart approach to plastic waste by joining a network of Plastic Action Champions.

The Plastic Action Champions scheme aims to encourage more people to learn about their environmental impact, take action to reduce their plastic waste and spread the word on environmental issues.

Volunteers are invited to attend a training session to join a network of Plastic Action Champions across East Suffolk with four new sessions taking place at East Suffolk House, Melton and Riverside, Lowestoft starting later this month.

Cllr James Mallinder, East Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “We can all help to tackle environmental issues such as plastic waste, starting in our own homes by reducing the amount of plastic we use.

However, we can really make a difference by getting whole communities involved. Becoming a Plastic Action Champion is ideal for those who want to take further positive action and help others within their community to become ‘plastic clever’ through advice, activities and education.

Small changes make a big difference over time, and following the Council’s Climate Emergency declaration last year, this scheme is making a real positive difference to our communities and the lives of residents.”

The role of a Champion includes volunteering in their local community for a minimum of 20 hours annually. The role is fully flexible and how Champions use those 20 hours is up to you, examples can include reaching out to local community groups and businesses, exhibiting at local events, blogging about relevant topics, and organising litter picks and surveys.

Those interested in becoming a Plastic Action Champion are invited to book a place at one of the following sessions (subject to demand):

  • Tuesday 25 February – East Suffolk House, Melton (6-9pm)
  • Monday 2 March – Riverside, Canning Road, Lowestoft (4.30-7pm)
  • Wednesday 4 March – East Suffolk House, Melton (6-9pm)
  • Monday 10 March – Riverside, Canning Road, Lowestoft (4.30-7pm)

Booking is essential and each session will go ahead subject to demand; to  register your place, please email greenissues@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or call 01394 444747.

The training is provided by the Greenprint Forum and Jason Alexander from Rubbish Walks. Ongoing training, a comprehensive ‘Plastic Action Handbook’ and support will be provided through the scheme.

The scheme is part of the Greenprint Forum’s ongoing Plastic Action campaign which is part funded by the East Suffolk Partnership and the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Sustainable Development Fund.

The East Suffolk Greenprint Forum is a voluntary network open to all and facilitated by the Council. it aspires to improve the quality of life in the district while reducing the impact on the environment.

See more information about the Greenprint Forum.