From Herts County Council

Plastic Free July – will you join the challenge?

rainbow text saying plastic free july

Would you like to do more to reduce single-use plastic but need some tips? July is your month!

Plastic Free July is returning and anyone can get involved. You can start out small, or really challenge yourself. Join 120 million participants worldwide to take the Plastic Free July Challenge and read what others doto get you inspired.


Remember Your Reusables

cartoon image of reusable coffee cup with smiley face and arms

Already reducing your single-use plastic? Let us help you #RememberYourReusables by checking our webpage and watching our video for tips on how to form new habits so your daily life – and rubbish bin – are increasingly plastic-free.

Whether it’s your water bottle, shampoo bottle or coffee cups there are many simple changes you can make – follow us onInstagramFacebook, and Twitter for tips and ideas throughout July.


Plastic-free Picnics

wicker picnic basked on red gingham tablecloth on the grass

This week is National Picnic Week so we’re sharing top tips from our friends at Hubbub in their litter-free picnic guide to help you have a hassle-free and greener picnic.

Their #FoodSavvy Lunch Club campaign recently showed us that more of us are buying food on-the-go which is creating a massive 10.7 billion items of packaging waste annually. See the tasty tips to help you cut down on food waste and single-use plastic.


Refill Hertfordshire for free

blue and white logo of water drop saying refill inside it

Last week saw National Refill Day and the launch of ‘Refill Hertfordshire’. The concept is simple – to make it easy, convenient and totally free to refill your water bottle, by introducing Refill Stations in as many places as possible to reduce the 7.7 billion single-use water bottles thrown away in the UK each year.

Herts has over 300 registered refill stations – e.g. cafes, bars and restaurants. Look for the refill sticker in their window or search on the app or website.


War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita

photo of hugh fearlney whittingstall surrounded by waste from recent TV series

You may have seen the recent BBC 1 series ‘War on Plastic’ with Hugh Fearnely-Whittingstall and Anita Rani which has highlighted the huge amount of single-use plastic packaging in our homes, largely generated from the top 10 supermarkets.

Every minute of every day a truckload of plastic is finding its way into the oceans. Read about other shocking facts from the programme and learn how you can help with our Reusables guide.


What DIY waste can I take to the tip?

cartoon man in blue overalls holding a hammer in his hand

With the sun making an appearance again, many of us may well be hoping to get on with a few odd jobs around the house and garden.

Did you know there is a limit on the amount of DIY waste you can take from your home to the Household Waste Recycling Centre?  Find out what waste is accepted at our sites.


What to do with commercial waste

hands measuring a piece of wood with pencil and tape measure

If you employ anyone to undertake home or garden improvements, please note that thenetwork of household waste recycling centresare just that – for household waste.

Unwanted materials that have been created as part of a business – even if from your own home – need to be disposed of elsewhere. Check our website for more information and find details of our commercial waste site in St Albans.

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