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Helping others to become ‘plastic clever’

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

The scheme aims to encourage more people to learn about their environmental impact, take action to reduce it and spread the word on environmental issues. A training session for new Plastic Action Champions takes place on Monday 17 June in Lowestoft.

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 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.”

The role of a Champion includes volunteering in their local community for a minimum of 20 hours annually. This can include reaching out to local community groups and businesses, exhibiting at local events, blogging about relevant topics, and organising litter picks and surveys.

The training, which takes place between 5.30pm and 8pm at Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, will be provided by the Greenprint Forum and Jason Alexander from Rubbish Walks/Wildlife Gadget Man. Ongoing training, a comprehensive Plastic Action Handbook, support and travel expenses will be provided through the scheme.

To volunteer as a Plastic Action Champion, please email greenissues@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or register online at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/plastic-action-champions-and-volunteering

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.

For more information about the Greenprint Forum, go to www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/east-suffolk-greenprint-forum