Environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has launched a Plastic Free Events Guide.The manual aims to support positive change and build momentum to tackle the plastic problem in Northern Ireland.
Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the guide provides wide-ranging actions that go beyond decreasing individual plastic consumption and focuses on how events, regardless of their size, can implement practical achievable measures for long-term change.
The guide is geared towards encouraging local businesses, councils, clubs, and all events organisers to reduce their dependence on single-use plastics, highlighting reusable alternatives that minimise unnecessary waste and pollution.
Chris Gourley, Waste and Pollution Solutions Strategic Lead at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, comments: “Our aim is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding the use of plastics and in particular single-use plastics, which are typically thrown away after just one use.
“We want to motivate action to reduce consumption and get people to reuse and recycle.
“So, if you are an event organiser or venue, this guide is most certainly for you.”
The electronic booklet ensures that with some creative planning and practical steps, groups can work together on a journey to reduce their plastic footprint and create low – or zero – plastic events.
It comes complete with 10 simple steps that organisations can follow along with two inspirational case studies from Northern Ireland.
Chris continues: “Changes don’t have to cost a lot; in fact, by cutting down on some plastic-riddled giveaways, you would actually be saving money.
“But most importantly, by cutting down on single-use plastic, you are working towards repairing our environment and protecting our future.”
n The Plastic Free Event Guide is available to download from www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org/businesses-tackling-plastic
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