Working together to end plastic pollution
Be the change...
Plastic Free Swindon is a campaign to help end plastic pollution. We are part of Friends of the Earth and the global Break Free From Plastic movement. We are working towards a system of zero waste; good for local economies, the environment, people and animals. Our current system, of plastic recycling, waste incineration, and landfill, is unhealthy, polluting and destructive. See the 'about' section and the library for further info.
If you would like to keep up with the campaign, we provide a newsletter.
Council elections 2021
With the urgent need to transition away from plastics towards zero waste, we have written to local party leaders within council asking for their support. Read in full
Keep Swindon Tidy!
Beware plastic recycling
For at least the last 50 years, Big Plastic and their cronies have told us that plastic recycling will solve our plastic pollution problems. It hasn’t. Big Plastic and Big Soda kept the plastic pollution crisis a secret for decades. These companies have lobbied governments to prevent effective measures to reduce plastic pollution whilst publicly pledging to reduce waste. As public awareness has turned to plastic pollution again, Big Plastic and their cronies tell us once more that plastic recycling is the way forward. It is not. We can and must do much better. Read full article.
In-depth government section
Our new government section provides information, correspondence with local MPs and simple actions. It includes:
- Toxic trade deals
- Waste incineration
- The draconian Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
- The Environment Bill and The Plastic Pollution Bill
- Zero waste, includes the Deposit Return Scheme
Scientists around the world collaborate to urge governments to use reusable PPE. Globally we have been using 129 billion masks and 65 billion gloves per month since the start of the pandemic. This vital info is addressed in the Summer of Refills campaign. and in the COVID-19 section of the library.
The award winning Refill campaign has expanded beyond just bottled water. Download the new app and further reduce that plastic!
Carbon reduction strategy consultation
The contribution of plastic to greenhouse gas emissions / climate change was not mentioned in Swindon Borough Council's draft carbon reduction strategy. We responded to the public consultation to highlight this, and suggested courses of action.
We now have a non-active account which points to this website. This article explains why.