Plastic waste created by human activity can have devastating impacts on the natural environment. Unlike other forms of waste, much of our used plastic ends up in landfill, rivers, streams and canals and even the ocean, taking hundreds of years to decompose. This is an issue because much of this plastic waste causes litter and may entangle or be ingested by marine creatures.
In 2018, Warwick District Council adopted a plastics policy that sets out what we are doing to reduce our plastic use with a particular focus on single-use plastics. We are also supporting local communities to do the same.
Our plastics policy
Some key areas of our plastics policy are as follows.
- The council will avoid sourcing single use plastics where practicable and will source recycled plastic where this is not possible.
- Tender contracts include plastic avoidance requirements.
- We will support staff in eliminating and recycling plastics at work
- We will work to raise community awareness and promote recycling single use plastics.
This short video animation shows the negative impacts that plastic can have on our environment, and gives some helpful tips and simple swaps to help stop plastic pollution.
A large proportion of plastic comes from waste drink bottles especially water bottles. Some good news if there are now over 90 ‘Refill’ stations such as at local cafes, eateries and shops across the District (and rising!) that enable you to refill your own drink container with tap water for free! To find out where these Refill stations are, download the “Refill” app.
Rubbish, waste and recycling and green spaces
Information about the recycling we collect, recycling ventures, garden and food waste and all you need to know about recycling, can be viewed on our rubbish, waste and recycling page.
If you are interested in finding out about local recycling facilities near you, what you can recycle and where to recycle specific items, you can visit recycle now to find out more.