Our current situation with Covid-19 means we can’t get out in our communities and hold our usual beach cleans on the seafront. This month, as part of the Plastic Free Communities 2020Vision, hundreds of Plastic Free Communities would have been holding events as part of the SAS Summit to Sea Clean, collating data in the Brand Audit to help put pressure on government and industry for change.

So let us introduce you to our Digital Community Clean! The #ReturnToOffender campaign is asking people to take photos of the branded packaging pollution they find in the environment during their daily exercise and to upload it to social media with a direct message for the companies responsible.

The evidence collected will be used to demand of the government:

Do not delay key policy that will reduce plastic pollution–the plastic industry around the world is using the current pandemic to delay critical policy that would see the reduction of plastic pollution. We are already seeing the impacts of this in the UK with delays to bans on straws, stirrers and cotton bud sticks and introducing Deposit Return Schemes in Scotland. We need to tell government not to use one crisis to ignore another.

To introduce Extended Producer Responsibility–we want manufacturers of packaging to be responsible for 100% of the costs of dealing with their packaging.

To introduce a Deposit Return Scheme–we want Government to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme for a wide range of materials, including ALL plastic bottles. And we want this to be introduced before 2023.

So start spotting plastic pollution on your daily exercise, snap a photo of it and share it on social media with #Returntooffender You can tag us on Facebook @PlasticFreeSeaford or instagram @plasticfreeseaford

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