Taking action on single-use plastic

The Chair's Charter is a new scheme aimed at encouraging residents, businesses, schools and other organisations to take small, practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint and single-use plastics waste.

The Charter was adopted by Uttlesford District Council as part of its commitment to taking positive action on the climate crisis and the current Chair, Cllr Arthur Coote, will be working across parties to promote and further the cause.

As part of the scheme, the council has made three initial pledges, to:

·       Encourage local businesses to reduce their use of single-use plastics and a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint

·       Work with schools to reduce their plastic waste and investigate different ways to reuse and recycle

·       Educate and encourage council staff to reduce single-use plastic waste

As part of the scheme, residents are asked to make their own pledges, stating what actions they would like to take to tackle these issues. Actions can be big or small, with plenty of room for creativity!

Cllr Martin Foley, Chair of the council in 2020/21, said: "I am delighted to have initiated this Charter, and will continue to be involved in leading the community of Uttlesford in undertaking practical steps to mitigate the climate emergency. Each action on its own might be small, but if everyone commits to reducing their reliance on single-use plastics, we can make a difference."

Cllr Louise Pepper, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Green Issues, added: "We have committed to taking local action to prevent a climate and ecological catastrophe. This Charter is a step towards this - it is about sharing ideas and encouraging communities to work together to preserve and nurture our shared future. Protecting our environment is everyone's responsibility and I hope as many people as possible get involved."Let us know about your pledges

To get involved in this project and to let us know about what actions you have taken to reduce plastic waste, get in touch by emailing wasteaware@uttlesford.gov.uk.

Further information and resources, including simple steps that residents and businesses can take to fight climate change, are available on our climate change webpages.

1 November 2021