Did you know, the UK uses a staggering 38.5million single use plastic bottles EVERY DAY, with fewer than 60% of these currently recycled. And that's just the start of it…
On 4th April 2019, Huntingdon Town Council pledged to continue its efforts in creating a more sustainable environment. This pledge falls in line with the Town Council's Corporate Plan, which lists 'creating a more sustainable environment' as one of its objectives. The following commitments come under this objective:
- Providing eco-friendly buildings such as the new Coneygear Centre and Crematorium.
- Using electric vehicles for the Estates Services Team and installing charge points.
- Re-using energy/heat from the Crematorium to support the new Estate Services Depot.
- Maintaining water conservation/recycling schemes at all Town Council sites.
- Providing waterless toilet facilities and water butts at the allotment sites.
- Using environmentally friendly products for cleaning at Town Council sites.
- Maintaining paperless offices and transactions.
- Maintaining a tree planting programme to enhance the number of trees planted within the town's boundary.
- Running eco-friendly events and working towards eliminating single use plastics.
- Encouraging external hirers of Town Council buildings to use less single use plastics.
- Working with Huntingdonshire District Council and other stakeholders to look at point of contact recycling schemes and water bottle refill points.
How can you cut down in your home? You can try to cut back or stop using the following items:
- Plastic bottles, cups and cartons
- Single use coffee cups and lids
- Plastic cutlery
- Plastic straws and stirrers
- Takeaway/polystyrene food packaging
- Plastic bags
- Bathroom plastics; toothbrushes, disposable razors and cotton buds
- Individual condiment/sweet wrappers
This list highlights what we as a Town Council can do, but there are many things we as a community can achieve together. As a Town Council, we would love to work towards making Huntingdon a 'Plastic Free Community', but we need community leaders to come forward and help us spread the initiative. If this is something you would like to be involved with, please contact us, or visit www.sas.org.uk/lead-a-community.