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Plastic free communities are a network of community groups lead by the charity Surfers Against Sewage. Communities aim to tackle single-use plastic from beaches and green spaces all the way back to the brands and businesses who create it.
Start a Plastic Free Community group in your area or join a group that already exists. Plastic free communities engage local organisations, schools and business, as well as holding events and talks inspiring people to cut down on single-use plastic and change the system that produces it. Find your nearest plastic free community here.
Register your community to get all the information and material you need to gain plastic free status. You will receive a plastic free communities toolkit with five objectives to guide you through the process of becoming plastic free with support all the way. Once your community has achieved these steps you will gain plastic free accreditation and continue to take action.
The Sheringham Plastic Aware group worked with local schools, businesses and organisations to become Norfolk’s first Plastic Free community in 2019, as part of the national network lead by the charity Surfers Against Sewage. Read all about Sheringham Plastic Aware and how they became plastic free in this EDP article.
Refill works by connecting people with locations where they can eat, drink and shop with less waste. Anyone can download the free refill app to find local refill stations near them. Visit Refill Norfolk to find out more.
Community groups can play a huge role in increasing reuse and refill in their areas, here are some ideas for how you can get involved:
Join the Norfolk campaign and pledge not to release balloons and sky lanterns from your community group or premises. Balloons and sky lanterns are examples of single use products. They are often released as a way of commemorating the passing of a loved one, or for a fundraising event. Sadly, unexpired sky lanterns pose a significant fire hazard. Livestock and wildlife on both the land and sea can be lost as a result of ingestion of parts from sky lanterns and balloon debris.
Click here to find exciting alternatives ideas, and get free downloadable posters and resources for your community group.
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