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Plastic Free Jersey

Plastic Free Jersey in an initiative that brings together individuals, groups, businesses and organisations to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Surfers Against Sewage developed the scheme to tackle the plastic problem specifically in coastal areas. In order to be awarded with Plastic Free status we need to meet some strict criteria and everyone needs to get involved.

What you can do to help Jersey gain plastic free status

For Surfers Against Sewage to award us with plastic free status we need to show we meet the criteria. We need you to get involved at home, at work, at school or wherever you are. There are easy things you can do, such as:

  • carry a bag with you so you don't need to buy a plastic bag when you're shopping
  • use a reusable cup for tea and coffee on the go (you might even get a discount)
  • take your own cutlery if you are eating out and about
  • say no to straws
  • look at plastic free alternatives for your home
  • buy loose fruit and veg
  • use refillable cleaning products
  • use food containers rather than wrapping left overs in cling film
  • shop in places that offer plastic free alternatives
  • pick up plastic from the beach and country lanes when you are out

Criteria for plastic free status

Local governance

States of Jersey has passed a resolution to support Plastic Free Jersey. We are committed to plastic free alternatives and supporting plastic reduction. As an organisation we have agreed to:

  • lead by example to remove single-use plastic items from premises
  • encourage plastic free initiatives
  • promote the campaign
  • support Plastic Free Jersey events
  • a representative of the States being named on the Plastic Free Jersey steering group

Local business

To be a Plastic Free Jersey business you will need to remove at least three single-use plastic items. Ideally you will remove the waste stream completely. If that isn't possible the it needs to be significantly reduced or replaced with a sustainable alternative.

Advice and support is available from Plastic Free Jersey.

Plastic free stakeholders

This objective is the broadest reaching and needs involvement from across Jersey. We need to:

  • gain widespread community support for Plastic Free Jersey
  • support from local media, including social media
  • engage key influencers and organisations
  • establish a Plastic Free Jersey steering group
  • hold events for general public and community involvement
  • use 50% of community spaces to show some engagement and participation
  • involve a minimum of 30% of schools
  • involve Highlands College
  • involve at least one flag-ship employer with over 100 staff
  • hold educational talks and presentations

Practical actions

We must show Surfers Against Sewage that everyone can get involved with Plastic Free Jersey though organising open events for everyone to attend. If you are interested in organising a beach clean you can find information on our beach cleaning webpage. We aim to organise:

  • at least two Plastic Free Jersey community events each year
  • at least two community beach cleans
  • an event to raise awareness for Plastic Free Jersey and Surfers Against Sewage

Local strategic groups

We need to develop a group of Plastic Free Jersey stakeholders which will include a representative from the States and the flagship business. This strategic group will:

  • meet at least once per year to discuss the progress of Plastic Free Jersey
  • agree and set direction
  • meet objectives
  • complete the application for official PFJ status
  • establish steering group

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