Bournemouth Aiming For Plastics Recycling World Record

04-08-16-bournemouthIf you’re planning on heading to the seaside this summer, why not make Bournemouth your destination and help it in its world record attempt…

Bournemouth has teamed up with plastics recycling campaign #pledge4plastics for a world record attempt and it wants people to get involved by pledging to recycle, and by submitting ideas for what to make from the recyclable plastic.

Councillor Michael Filer, Portfolio Holder for Cleansing & Waste, at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “Our seafront team work extremely hard every day to make sure Bournemouth’s beach is beautiful for the daily influx of thousands of visitors, and it’s pleasing that the vast majority of people put their packaging in the bin or take it home to recycle. However, we want to make sure even more is recycled, and so we’ve partnered up with #pledge4plastics to promote awareness and drive home the message that more can still be done.”

The world record attempt will take recyclable plastic packaging sourced from residents and tourists from recycling collected in the borough during August and processed by contractor, Viridor. During the Bournemouth Arts Festival in October, the world record attempt will take place as part of an engagement event for local residents and Festival visitors.

Dan Cooke, Director of External Affairs at Viridor said: “We’re pleased to be supporting quality and convenient recycling in Bournemouth with #pledge4plastics this year. This welcome partnership should help more people to recycle after they have visited Bournemouth’s beautiful beach this summer.”

Kevin Vyse, Packaging Innovation Lead, M&S said: “Pledge 4 Plastics has been one of the foremost campaigns at raising consumer awareness for the recycling of plastic bottles, pots and trays. Marks and Spencer are delighted to support this initiative as part of our drive to promote the sustainable use of packaging.”

Bournemouth handles 361.98 tonnes of rubbish and recycling collected from its beachside bins every year, part of the 86,694 tonnes collected by the borough every year. Viridor processes the borough’s recycling and each year sends more than 1,842 tonnes of Bournemouth’s plastic packaging to be made into new products including new plastic bottles, furniture or clothing.

The #pledge4plastics team will be out and about during August and across the world famous Air Festival weekend, encouraging residents and tourists to pledge to recycle their plastic, and sign up to be part of the world record attempt.

Residents and tourists can find out more here: www.pledge4plastics.co.uk/pledge.

 

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