Volunteers are being asked to step forward to help their local community take a smart approach to plastic waste by joining a new network of Plastic Action Champions.

The scheme aims to encourage more people to learn about their environmental impact, take action to reduce it and spread the word on environmental issues.

Jane Healey, Chair of the East Suffolk Greenprint Forum: “Few of us will have failed to notice the problems plastics cause for our environment and ecosystems when they escape into nature particularly in coastal communities like ours. I would urge anyone who wants to tackle the impact of plastic on nature by helping others make positive changes, to become a Plastic Action Champion.”

The role of a Champion includes volunteering in their local community for a minimum of 20 hours annually. This can include reaching out to local community groups and businesses, exhibiting at local events, blogging about relevant topics, and organising litter picks and surveys.

If you are trying your best to be ‘plastic clever’ and want to help others do the same by volunteering to be a Plastic Action Champion, please email greenissues@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Training will be provided by the Greenprint Forum and Jason Alexander from Rubbish Walks/Wildlife Gadget Man. The first training session is being held at East Suffolk House, Melton, on Tuesday 30 April 7pm - 9pm. Ongoing training, a comprehensive Plastic Action Handbook, support and travel expenses will be provided through the scheme.

Phil Gore, Head of Environmental Services & Port Health for East Suffolk Council, said: “There are growing numbers of concerned members of the community who are already acting by avoiding single use plastics in their own daily lives and / or taking part in community litter efforts to remove pollution from the environment, and I applaud all who are already involved.

“By becoming Plastic Action Champions, those who are passionate about the issue will have the opportunity to help make an even bigger difference by helping others to reduce the environmental impact of their consumption of plastics and help make our district a greener and healthier place.”

The scheme is part of the Greenprint’s ongoing Plastic Action campaign which is part funded by the East Suffolk Partnership and the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Sustainable Development Fund.

The East Suffolk Greenprint Forum is a voluntary network open to all and facilitated by the District Council. It aspires to improve the quality of life in the District while reducing the impact on the environment.

See more information about the Greenprint Forum.