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Tackling Plastic

This page is primarily is for the general use, however, view the Business materials for your organisation where you can find a single use plastic (SUP) environmental policy template, SUP audit form, SUP evaluation action plan and a Tackling Plastic NI Business Toolkit.

Tackling Plastic

What's the problem?

Plastic isn’t all bad, it’s actually a great material and helps us navigate our busy lives. Thanks to plastics, we have computers, state of the art machines to detect health issues and we’ve been able to travel to the moon and back!

It’s our misuse of plastic that’s the problem. We mindlessly use plastics everyday. Most of it is thrown away within just a few minutes of use. Many plastics end up in landfills or in the environment and can take up to a thousand years to break down.

Our misuse of plastic is crippling our environment, killing wildlife and damaging our health.

It is up to every business, every organisation, every school, every individual to tackle and find ways to reduce our use of pointless plastic.

Make your Plastic Promise

Make your commitment to reducing your use of pointless plastic or find out more by viewing the Live Here Love Here Plastic Promise page. You can make a Plastic Promise as an individual, community group or organisation. Together we can kick the habit of pointless plastic.

Share on social...

Check out our litter loathing puppet 'absolutely ragin' about single-use coffee cups and Barry the Blender Henderson saying 'ditch the straws ya posers'! Help us to raise awareness of pointless plastic by sharing on facebook.

Read about journo Ryan Smith from BelfastLive plastic free challenge and what did he learn?!

Watch our manic minute challenge - BelfastLive talks crisps, time travel and Glasto with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

Councils Tackling Plastic

If you work for a council and want to tackle plastic, check out what projects other councils have done below. Project contact names have been added to the individual case studies, so you can easily get in touch with the right person, for more information to help you with a similar project.

Belfast City Council - Bring your own cup campaign

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council - Sustainable packaging project

Ards & North Down Borough Council - Compostable packaging project as covered by the BBC!

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council - The June Plastic Challenge!

If you are from a council and have a case study you would like to share, get in touch with nichola@sustainableni.org or Claire Hudson.

Litter Composition Analysis Report 2019/20

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and DAERA commissioned an independent litter compositional analysis to alert both the general public and business community to the seriousness of the situation. 71% of items littered contained plastic. Please read the full Litter Composition Report 2019/20.

Business material

Is your organisation wanting to make a difference against single use plastics (SUP)? View these resources and inspire others to fight the battle against SUP!