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.


Beware plastic recycling

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For at least the last 50 years, Big Plastic and their advocates 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.

Keep Swindon Tidy!

Keep Swindon Tidy poster

Refill Swindon

Refill Refreshed

Refill is an international scheme to reduce single-use plastic packaging by encouraging reuse. Founded in Bristol in 2015, it initially focused on replacing single-use plastic water bottles with reusable bottles. Hundreds of millions of plastic water bottles have been saved from polluting the environment. The scheme has now spread to food, drink and shopping. Refill Swindon launched in October 2018 and works to grow the scheme locally. Read more and make the change.

COVID-19 information

Littered mask

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.

Government section

UK Parliament

Our new government section provides information, correspondence with local MPs and simple actions. It includes:

Carbon reduction strategy consultation

SBC 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.