Interactive preventing plastic pollution signs go live in Plymouth

Interactive preventing plastic pollution signs

As part of a campaign to reduce plastic pollution, the Environment Agency has launched interactive “Source to Sea” posters across Plymouth.

Residents and visitors can now scan poster QR codes at multiple locations to find out how single-use avoidable plastic items – like nappies, packets, wet wipes and sanitary products – impact marine life when flushed down the toilet or discarded in the open environment.

The posters can be found on railings, bollards and lamp posts at the Barbican Waterfront and Hoe, University of Plymouth Hospital (inside only), city centre, and Mutley and Saltash Passage areas.

They enable people to have text message mobile phone chats about plastic types, the journey of plastic through drains and rivers and their impacts on ocean health. There is also a quiz and an opportunity to share opinions on plastic pollution.

The posters will be in place for 12 months, after which the interactions will be evaluated to help inform future initiatives to prevent plastic pollution.

Environment Agency plastics and sustainability team project lead Lucy Smith, commented: “Every year more than 12 million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s ocean from land, rivers and marine activities. And around 967 kilograms of plastic waste has been removed from Plymouth in recent months according to our partner database, thanks to community-led litter pickers.

We hope this project will engage people in a fun way and help break down complicated issues into straightforward action.

“With the help of these interactive posters, we hope to clamp down on poor waste disposal habits by encouraging people to think about how the health of our planet is shaped by our actions.

“It can be really confusing knowing what type of waste goes where. We hope this project will engage people in a fun way and help break down complicated issues into straightforward action. Every individual can play a part in ocean health, and every positive action counts.”

The initiative is one of several projects being funded by the 3-year cross channel Interreg Preventing Plastic Pollution project – a partnership of 18 organisations, including Plymouth City Council, Westcountry Rivers Trust and the University of Plymouth.

The project aims to identify and target plastic hotspots, embed behaviour change in local communities and businesses and implement effective solutions and alternatives.

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