Somerset residents are being encouraged to ditch disposable personal care products for reusable ones. SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK has teamed up with Somerset Council to organise free drop-in sessions promoting reducing waste created from care products, including period products and nappies. Somerset Councillor, Dixie Darch said:
We want to make it simple for residents to reduce waste and save money. Choosing to reuse is often cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
The drop-in sessions aim to provide residents with the benefits of switching to reusable – from cash to climate. Switching to reusables doesn’t just reduce waste and the use of plastic but is also often cheaper for consumers than buying single use items. Lily Morton, Senior Community Liaison Manager at SUEZ UK said:
This is a great use of the SW:EEP fund, investing back into the community to influence residents behaviour around reuse and promoting the benefits of switching to reusable personal hygiene products.
In the UK, around 200,000 tonnes of menstrual products are disposed of every year. 2.5% of Somerset’s rubbish bins are made up of absorbent hygiene products. The ‘Waste Not Somerset’ drop-in events hope to promote the eco-friendlier products on the market, which have become popular in recent years.
The remaining events are free to attend and will take place over the next fortnight, between 10am-2pm:
- Tuesday 13 February, Yeovil Library
- Wednesday 14 February, Taunton Library
- Thursday 15 Feb, Minehead Library
- Saturday 17 February, Glastonbury Library