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Glasgow City Council has announced it is to stop using plastic straws in more than 26 cafes in the council’s museums, sports centres, offices, schools and the city chambers after Glasgow primary pupils highlighted the plight of marine wildlife.

Persuasive pupils from Sunnyside Primary School in Craigend, are waging war on plastic pollution and their impressive #NaeStrawAtAw campaign has inspired Glasgow City Council to switch to more eco-friendly options.

From the end of February, Encore, the council’s commercial catering division, will no longer provide straws with customers’ drinks and people who ask for one, will receive an eco-friendly alternative. The use of pre-packaged drinks supplied with plastic straws will also be reviewed to see if more environmentally friendly options are feasible.

Follow the #NaeStrawAtAw campaign on Twitter!

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The use of plastics, in particular single use plastics, has been in the news and on the TV a lot in the past couple of months.

There were some shocking images on the Blue Planet 2 TV show showing the extent of plastic pollution and the impact it has having on the natural world.

Earlier this month the Scottish Government committed to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic cotton buds and yesterday the Scottish Government agreed to be part of the EU plan to phase out single use plastic by 2030.

And a new campaign – Plastic Free Scotland – has been launched seeking to end the use of single use plastic in Scotland and encourage people to help make Scotland a greener place.

There are some top tips in the infographic shown below from www.lessplastic.co.uk or follow the #RefuseSingleUse hashtag on Twitter

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scotstouncc_naturetrail_cleanup_nov16Scotstoun Community Council are holding an Earl Street New Year Clean Up on Saturday 20 January 2018 from 10.30am till 12 noon. Meet at Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral St, Scotstoun G14 0BL.

Everyone is welcome to come along and all equipment will be provided. Please dress for the Scottish weather and wear sturdy footwear. No need to send a response but please pass on the message to anyone you know who may be interested in joining us.

For more information please contact Scotstoun Community Council on scocomco@gmail.com

community-calendarThese events are listed on our online community calendar along with lots of other events in the local area and beyond – check out the calendar to see what else is going on!

 

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So now that the festivities are over what happens to your real Christmas tree? Well there are plenty of locations across the city where you can take your tree to be recycled.

For households with a brown bin the trees can be chopped up into manageable pieces and placed in the bin and put out for kerbside collection.

Alternatively, trees can be taken to any of the four Household Waste Recycling Centres at Dawsholm, Shieldhall, Polmadie and Easter Queenslie.

And up until Friday 19 January real Christmas trees can also be taken to:

  • Pollok Country Park, Burrell Car Park
  • Alexandra Park, off Alexandra Parade, car park next to the golf course
  • Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Way, grass area opposite the bandstand

The trees collected in the brown bins or taken to the recycling centres are sent for composting to our re-processing partners and the trees taken to the parks are chipped and shredded on site for use within the parks. And chippings will be available for the public to take free of charge from Pollok Park.

 

The UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) is embarking on their most ambitious campaign yet – calling for a moratorium on new incineration capacity! And they are asking for your help.

There is now more committed incineration capacity than available residual waste to burn, so it is vital that no more incinerators are built in the UK.

UKWIN are asking people to write to their MP asking them to support the call for a moratorium on new incineration capacity.  The emissions, the impact on climate change, the harm to recycling and the fact it simply isn’t needed all make incineration an expensive folly that is not required.

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Keep Scotland Beautiful have published a report showing that Scotland’s local environmental quality is deteriorating and that it is at a 10 year all time low.

The Local Environmental Quality in Decline report confirms that there has been a marked increase in the presence of litter, flytipping and graffiti in communities across the Scotland, and an overall decline in local environmental quality.

Poor local environmental quality is having a negative impact every day on the lives of over one million people living in Scotland. Local environmental quality is declining more severely and at a faster rate in our most deprived communities. And for those that perceive their local environment to be poor are more likely to report poorer physical and mental health.

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The Scottish Resources Awards recently celebrated circular economy successes across the country honouring the winners for their outstanding contribution to Scotland’s sustainability ambitions.

One of the winners was Clydebank Shopping Centre who won Best Food Waste initiative for composting food waste from over 100 businesses on site.

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Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
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