Council staff encouraged to swap plastic cups for reusable alternatives

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 January 2018

Staff are encouraged to take in their own mugs.

Staff are encouraged to take in their own mugs.

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North Somerset Council’s staff are being asked to make changes to the amount of plastic they use and throw away.

The authority supports the Times’ Cleaner Coastlines campaign, which aims to cut down the amount of single-use plastics, such as straws and cutlery, being used and thrown away.

Staff are being asked to take mugs and glasses to work, instead of using plastic cups.

People are also encouraged to refill drinks bottles.

Although plastic bottles can be recycled, it is estimated around 44 per cent of them in the UK are not.

It takes around 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down, although some take even longer.

MORE: 5 ways you can help with our Cleaner Coastlines campaign.

A council spokesman said: “We have also asked staff to share good ideas and make suggestion on how we can reduce, reuse or recycle further. These suggestions will be communicated to staff through our weekly e-bulletin.”


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