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—Councils Tackling Plastic

Why and How We Work with Councils 

All councils in Northern Ireland provide various services for the local communities that they serve. These can range from operating leisure centres and parks, to catering for local events, business meetings and staff in council-run venues. Ultimately, that creates the potential for councils to amass huge amounts of plastic in their activities, and these can very quickly end up in the recycling bin or, worse, landfill, incinerators and on our streets, rural roads and coastal areas and oceans.

For these reasons, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful works closely with local councils to encourage new ways to find ways to avoid the proliferation of pointless plastics in our communities and to pursue alternatives that are kinder to our planet. 


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The Plastic Promise

One of our key initiatives to help councils remain committed to a plastic-free ethos is our Plastic Promise. Simply put, this is a pledge that councils make to reduce and phase out their use of single use plastics from day-to-day operations. Councils can use the Plastic Promise to focus on eliminating specific plastic items, and they are invited to renew their pledge as they make progress.


Find out what your local council is doing to tackle plastic pollution

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Belfast City Council

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Mid Ulster District Council 

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council


Local Litter Surveys

We produce a range of surveys that councils can buy to inform and design strategies around plastic pollution and wider litter issues.


Marine Litter ReportMarine Litter Report 2021

Since 2012 Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has run a programme collecting information about marine litter washing up on beaches around Northern Ireland. With four surveys carried out each year, the data collected contributes to the Northern Ireland Marine Litter Strategy. The aim of this strategy is to help realise the vision of clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.


Cleaner Neighbourhoods ReportCleaner Neighbourhoods Report 2021

The Cleaner Neighbourhoods Report provides a detailed analysis of local environmental quality data since the establishment of the eleven new councils. Covering littering and dog fouling, education, campaigning, public engagement, enforcement and more, it tracks our progress toward a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future.



Get in touch!

If you would to know more about how Tackling Plastics NI works with councils, please get in touch: enquiries@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org.