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Essex groups encouraged to pledge to cut plastic pollution

2nd March 2020
Posted by Johnny Jenkins

Local authorities in Essex have come together to do their bit for the planet and are now encouraging businesses, schools and community groups to join them and their residents and ‘Love Essex Not Plastic’.

In January, Love Essex launched its campaign to tackle the issue of single-use plastic, urging households to switch to reusable options and recycle more.  With over 2,700 residents already pledging, the campaign is now in full swing. So far people have said they already use reusable shopping bags, but many residents have pledged to make even more switches such as carrying a reusable coffee cup or water bottle or trying some waste-free lunch ideas. 

Now the campaign is extending its focus to groups of people – be this schools, businesses or community groups – asking them to take the pledge and see how they can reduce single-use plastic waste at work and school.

Each group that signs the Essex Plastic Pledge will receive a free online resource pack, full of ideas, hints and tips on quick and easy switches to help inspire people to get involved. To get involved visit

Essex County Council, Councillor Walsh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change Action said,

“We’ve had a fantastic response so far from residents wanting to make a change. Now, we’re excited to bring everyone together by inviting local businesses, schools and community groups to get involved too. Together we can make a difference.”  

Residents who want to do their bit to reduce plastic waste, whether that’s using a reusable water bottle or coffee cup, switching to a bar of soap or saying no to plastic straws, can also take the Essex Plastic Pledge at