Environment Agency tackle plastic pollution issue in the North West13th of March, 2020
The Environment Agency has set up the first plastic pollution network for the North West. Last month the agency brought together over 50 organisations to share best practice and pool resources to tackle plastic pollution in the North West. Hosted at Lancaster University, the inaugural network event was a great opportunity for community leaders, academics, charities, and local authorities to pool resources, ranging from plastic free fireworks guidelines to myth busting documents around sustainable alternatives to plastics, to enable us join forces to help tackle plastic pollution in our region. The day included a number of presentations, shared resources for reducing plastics and provided space for creative problems solving about how to deliver the avoid, reuse, reduce and recycle plastic. Following the setting up of the South West community toolbox project, which has brought together over 50 different local communities and organisations to share best practice on combatting plastic pollution, the Environment Agency has brought this pioneering project to the North West, making it the first of its kind for the area. Nicki Rushton, of the Environment Agency, said: “The Environment Agency would like to see plastic pollution a thing of the past and make the world a better place for our future generations. This is such a huge global issue that to tackle it we all need to work together to achieve a better outcome. “I am really excited about the future of this network and believe that if we work together anything is possible. “The event is the first of its kind in the North West and will bring communities together to encourage us all to think more about our own plastic pollution and how we can help to make the environment a cleaner and more sustainable place."