Single Use Plastics

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This strategy has been developed by Plastic Free Windsor, a group of community volunteers who are working to reduce the amount of single-use plastic (SUP) consumed in Windsor. Plastic Free Windsor operates under the umbrella of the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Plastic Free Communities campaign.

The central objective of the campaign is to “turn off the SUP tap”. This is achieved in two ways. Firstly, the supply of SUP is reduced by working with businesses to encourage them to remove SUP from their operations and products. Secondly, demand for SUP is reduced through work with individuals, schools and colleges, community spaces (such as libraries, leisure centres, theatres and churches), community events (such as festivals and sporting events), and community organisations (such as choirs, residents associations and cub packs) to change consumer habits in favour of refusing SUP. The campaign also organises its own events such as litter picks, river cleans, and fundraisers in aid of SAS.

At the Cabinet meeting on 17th December 2020, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) endorsed the Single Use Plastic Strategy developed for the Borough by Plastic Free Windsor.

Since the strategy was endorsed by RBWM, the Sustainability Team have been working with the authors of the strategy to develop and deliver an action plan. We welcome members of the community to come together and collaborate on this plan. Should any of the actions below interest you, please express your interest at sustainability@rbwm.gov.uk




Quantify and report

  • Work with the Council and other stakeholders to quantify and report the volume of waste generated by the Borough and in which categories, such as recyclable, compostable and general waste. Develop a method for measuring and continually monitoring the volume of all categories of waste, movement from one category to another, and overall reduction in each.”
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop a prioritised Action Plan, that includes further detail of the action to be taken, who is responsible for its completion, the date by which the action should be completed, and a description of how successful completion of the action will be measured."

Borough campaign

  • Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop an engaging community-based campaign such as Leeds City Council’s Leeds by Example campaign to promote the outcomes of the strategy. This will include consideration of producing promotional material, digital and social media campaigns.”

Procurement

  • “Assist the Council to review its procurement policy, procedures, contracts and specifications to support the outcomes of the strategy to reduce and eliminate single use plastics.”
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to review opportunities to reduce and eliminate the sale, provision and use of single use plastics on commercially leased Council land and buildings, as well as investments and developments."

Broadening reach

  • Work with the Council and other stakeholders to raise awareness amongst agencies, authorities and non-contracted partners (third party services the Council provides to residents) that the Council works with, and actively encourage them to follow our example in eliminating the sale, provision and use of SUPs across their estates and operations.”

Lead by example

  • "Work with the Council to eliminate the sale, provision and use of single use plastics across all of its estates and operations."
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop and implement a “Keep RBWM Tidy” campaign and work with businesses, waste management contractors, managers and owners of open spaces, and residents, to ensure that takeaway food and drink containers are made from sustainable materials and that waste generated as the weather improves and Covid-19 lockdown measures are lifted, is correctly and adequately disposed of. Provide information and raise awareness regarding the correct disposal of Covid-19 related SUP and personal protective equipment."
  • "Raise awareness of Officers across the Council so that they can all make informed choices about their use of SUP including plastic food/drink packaging and cutlery choices."

Events

  • "Assist the council to move towards reducing and eliminating the sale, provision and use of single use plastics at small events such as markets, and large organised events held on Council premises or land."

Working with neighbours

  • "Work with other councils to help minimise SUP consumption and lobby government and local MPs to encourage greater measures to reduce SUP consumption."

Community groups

  • “Work with the Council and other stakeholders to actively encourage clubs, societies and sports teams, and the corresponding events to become SUP free.”

Engage food businesses

  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to support the “Plastic Free” network of local businesses, schools and community allies to enable them to share methods of best practice with others within the community."
  • "when the Covid-19 risk is reduced and visitors return, actively encourage the Borough’s hotels/B&Bs, travel providers, tourist attractions, and visitor centre to inform visitors that we are a Plastic Free Borough, to support and emphasise our commitment to reducing SUP consumption."

Innovation

  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to encourage local businesses to explore innovative solutions/services to SUP consumption."
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop broaden awareness of the ‘Refill’ scheme with local businesses and promote the scheme within the community. Support businesses that are already part of the Refill scheme and promote these to residents."
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop and implement a water fountain plan for the Borough. "
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to investigate the feasibility of a Deposit Return Scheme and Reverse Vending strategy for the Borough."
  • "With the support of the council, other stakeholders and partner authorities, innovate and encourage people in the Royal Borough to reduce their SUP use, with a particular focus on busy public locations, and other areas where local authorities have control or influence."

Clean-up operations

  • Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop promote and support litter picking and river cleaning activities organised within the Borough.”

Reduce and reuse

  • "Encourage reduction from the source through workshops and educational material"

This strategy has been developed by Plastic Free Windsor, a group of community volunteers who are working to reduce the amount of single-use plastic (SUP) consumed in Windsor. Plastic Free Windsor operates under the umbrella of the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Plastic Free Communities campaign.

The central objective of the campaign is to “turn off the SUP tap”. This is achieved in two ways. Firstly, the supply of SUP is reduced by working with businesses to encourage them to remove SUP from their operations and products. Secondly, demand for SUP is reduced through work with individuals, schools and colleges, community spaces (such as libraries, leisure centres, theatres and churches), community events (such as festivals and sporting events), and community organisations (such as choirs, residents associations and cub packs) to change consumer habits in favour of refusing SUP. The campaign also organises its own events such as litter picks, river cleans, and fundraisers in aid of SAS.

At the Cabinet meeting on 17th December 2020, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) endorsed the Single Use Plastic Strategy developed for the Borough by Plastic Free Windsor.

Since the strategy was endorsed by RBWM, the Sustainability Team have been working with the authors of the strategy to develop and deliver an action plan. We welcome members of the community to come together and collaborate on this plan. Should any of the actions below interest you, please express your interest at sustainability@rbwm.gov.uk




Quantify and report

  • Work with the Council and other stakeholders to quantify and report the volume of waste generated by the Borough and in which categories, such as recyclable, compostable and general waste. Develop a method for measuring and continually monitoring the volume of all categories of waste, movement from one category to another, and overall reduction in each.”
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop a prioritised Action Plan, that includes further detail of the action to be taken, who is responsible for its completion, the date by which the action should be completed, and a description of how successful completion of the action will be measured."

Borough campaign

  • Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop an engaging community-based campaign such as Leeds City Council’s Leeds by Example campaign to promote the outcomes of the strategy. This will include consideration of producing promotional material, digital and social media campaigns.”

Procurement

  • “Assist the Council to review its procurement policy, procedures, contracts and specifications to support the outcomes of the strategy to reduce and eliminate single use plastics.”
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to review opportunities to reduce and eliminate the sale, provision and use of single use plastics on commercially leased Council land and buildings, as well as investments and developments."

Broadening reach

  • Work with the Council and other stakeholders to raise awareness amongst agencies, authorities and non-contracted partners (third party services the Council provides to residents) that the Council works with, and actively encourage them to follow our example in eliminating the sale, provision and use of SUPs across their estates and operations.”

Lead by example

  • "Work with the Council to eliminate the sale, provision and use of single use plastics across all of its estates and operations."
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop and implement a “Keep RBWM Tidy” campaign and work with businesses, waste management contractors, managers and owners of open spaces, and residents, to ensure that takeaway food and drink containers are made from sustainable materials and that waste generated as the weather improves and Covid-19 lockdown measures are lifted, is correctly and adequately disposed of. Provide information and raise awareness regarding the correct disposal of Covid-19 related SUP and personal protective equipment."
  • "Raise awareness of Officers across the Council so that they can all make informed choices about their use of SUP including plastic food/drink packaging and cutlery choices."

Events

  • "Assist the council to move towards reducing and eliminating the sale, provision and use of single use plastics at small events such as markets, and large organised events held on Council premises or land."

Working with neighbours

  • "Work with other councils to help minimise SUP consumption and lobby government and local MPs to encourage greater measures to reduce SUP consumption."

Community groups

  • “Work with the Council and other stakeholders to actively encourage clubs, societies and sports teams, and the corresponding events to become SUP free.”

Engage food businesses

  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to support the “Plastic Free” network of local businesses, schools and community allies to enable them to share methods of best practice with others within the community."
  • "when the Covid-19 risk is reduced and visitors return, actively encourage the Borough’s hotels/B&Bs, travel providers, tourist attractions, and visitor centre to inform visitors that we are a Plastic Free Borough, to support and emphasise our commitment to reducing SUP consumption."

Innovation

  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to encourage local businesses to explore innovative solutions/services to SUP consumption."
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop broaden awareness of the ‘Refill’ scheme with local businesses and promote the scheme within the community. Support businesses that are already part of the Refill scheme and promote these to residents."
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop and implement a water fountain plan for the Borough. "
  • "Work with the Council and other stakeholders to investigate the feasibility of a Deposit Return Scheme and Reverse Vending strategy for the Borough."
  • "With the support of the council, other stakeholders and partner authorities, innovate and encourage people in the Royal Borough to reduce their SUP use, with a particular focus on busy public locations, and other areas where local authorities have control or influence."

Clean-up operations

  • Work with the Council and other stakeholders to develop promote and support litter picking and river cleaning activities organised within the Borough.”

Reduce and reuse

  • "Encourage reduction from the source through workshops and educational material"
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