Shaping North Ayrshire process
Put pressure on manufacturers / supermarkets to use less plastic in their products and less plastic packaging. The most effective way to reduce plastic use is to stop it at source.
Pre packaged items in supermarkets are extremely wasteful. If supermarkets were taxed for this, they would be encourafged to provide more products which could be placed in reusable containers provided by the customer. Rather than recycle, vastly reduce the amount of plastic used by manufacturers. Some packaging is just ridiculous in the amount of materials used!
I get my milk in glass bottles, I try to only buy food/ drink items in glass bottles/jars or in paper/waxed cartons. I take containers to the supermarket for meat/fish. The councils procurement policies can stipulate packaging requirements - the councils procurement policies can do a lot to influence everyone's buying habits and to serve notice to suppliers/ supermarkets/ fast food outlets etc to change there ways.
We do not use cling film. All food leftovers are placed in containers. We have reusable drinks bottles. Supermarket packaging is the problem, so pressure needs to be put onto them to change. We use cotton napkins instead of paper. The council could identify waste collection rounds that are underperforming and do targeted publicity and work to encourage more recycling.
I think there should be some kind of local bylaw that prevents the sale of plastic packaging in the excess ie veg/fruit, fresh meats and liquids.
If retailers took more responsibility with what they sold there would be less of an issue.
Switch to old fashioned reusable glass milk bottles. Keep telling the supermarkets that we don't need all that plastic packaging. Buy in bulk and refill liquid soap dispensers etc.
glass jars, stop buying paper towels that come wrapped in plastic and use cloths and napkins. bamboo tupperware, shampoo bars and soap bars rather than plastic bottles. glass milk bottles. buy cans rather than plastic bottles. install water dispensers all over towns so people can refill water bottles. stop cafes giving out plastic cutlery and straws
look at our grandparents generation. they didn’t use plastic like we did and they got along just fine. we can go back to the way it was
every piece of plastic ever made still exists
Recycling is not the answer. Recycling is simply slightly prolonging the life for something which still ends up as polystyrene and then landfill. We should all live life trying to reuse as much as possible and stop buying unnecessary things. Manufacturers should be penalised for producing irresponsible packaged items. Zero waste shops should be in every town with their own facilities to make oat milk from locally produced oats. Most of all people should JUST SAY NO! Aim for tins as these are properly recycled other than that we must reuse. We must work to a circular economy and completely change our mindset on this throwaway culture.
the council should work with fast food outlets to ban the automatic handing out of plastic toys etc with kids meals - these should be requested rather than given out and then put straight into a bin.
Why are some fast food outlets still giving out plastic straws ?
rewards should be offered to households and businesses who recycle or reduce waste output beyond the norm - money from selling recyclable material should be offset against council tax bills etc
Some countries use a rewards system. Germany for example reward people with vouchers for supermarkets for recycling glass bottles. People may be more motivated to recycle if there is a reward. Schools could get vouchers for teaching supplies in exchange for recycling cardboard/paper & glass. Also its good to see what happens to everything that's recycled so if people can somehow see the difference they have made by recycling that would be brilliant.