Wandsworth Council steps up efforts to tackle plastic pollution

Published: Tuesday 23rd January 18

Wandsworth Council is stepping up its efforts to reduce plastic pollution.

The authority is looking at plastic use across all of its buildings with a view of phasing out all unnecessary usage.

Council Leader Ravi Govindia said: “Local authorities must take a stance on this issue and I want Wandsworth to be leading the way in London in tackling plastic pollution.

“We are committed to reducing the use of plastics, which as we know have a devastating effect on the environment and our wildlife. 

“Around eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year and it’s an obvious step to see what we can do as a council to play our part in getting rid of plastics from all the buildings we own and manage.”

The council will also be working with local schools, community groups, local businesses and its waste management partners with the aim of seeing a reduction in the use of plastic across the borough as a whole.

Councillor Govindia added: “As part of our review we also want to encourage our staff to be responsible in their use of plastics too.

“Just doing something as simple as switching from a disposable plastic bottle to one that is reusable can make a big difference. It’s about getting people to change their behaviours – we can all do our bit to help.”

People can also be assured that none of the plastic collected through Wandsworth’s waste and recycling collection services will ever find its way into the ocean.

The council offers a recycling service for plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays. These should be washed and/or rinsed before being placed in recycling sacks or banks.  

And all plastic that finds its way into general household waste is taken by barge to an energy-from-waste incinerator at Belvedere, where it helps generate enough electricity to power about 100,000 homes in London. 

The council also has drinking water fountains in Battersea Park and also on Tooting Common, which was refurbished and renovated and brought back into public use as part of the ongoing Tooting Common Heritage Project.

Clean plastic packaging films bearing the “Recycle with carrier bags at larger stores” logo can be recycled at most supermarkets.

For more information about the borough’s recycling services visit http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/recycling

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Recent comments

I've started my own 'plastic recycling' system - I take it back to the supermarket I bought it from - surprising how much there is. Where I live we have paper& glass recycling bins - since I've started my 'plastic re cycling I have hardly anything in my kitchen bin now.
Liz D

29 January 2018

The best way will be to pay a deposit on plastic bottles/conteiners and get the money back when the plastics are returned to the appropriate machines - outside supermermarkts I.e. Like they do in Holland for example.

27 January 2018

I work in Battersea Park Road SW11 3BP and there are zero rubbish bins and no recycling bins whatsoever. Fast food restaurants and a horrid Pizza takeaway called Verona. You can find all their cardboard pizza boxes chucked down the street. Would you like some photos?
Julie Rumble

27 January 2018

Most of the plastic in Wandsworth is scattered across the pavements and on the verges and hedges. The amount of litter - mainly plastic - is appalling and something should be done about it. Why do we do this to our public spaces and why isn't it regularly cleared up?
Antoinette Reboul

26 January 2018

Enabling residents to recycle all plastic would have a vastly greater impact. The current system is a pain in the backside - having to put plastic film in one bag and hard plastic in another. Burning it instead as the Council currently does is not wise for many reasons.
Simon Shields

26 January 2018

How about banning plastic single use cups from all council buildings. If Cups are required for water machines replace them with paper ones.
Jo Baxter

24 January 2018

It would be useful to know where the Battersea Park fountains are situated. I haven't come across them yet. However, I see that Sadiq Khan has a plan to introduce more water fountains, so perhaps he can arrange for the Park to have some.
susan lofthouse

23 January 2018