Social landlord goes plastic free

A number of housing schemes in Worcester have been awarded plastic-free status by marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage.

Single-use plastic products are no longer provided to Fortis Living residents at Langdale Close, Furness Close, Meadow Court, Rowan Court, Bilford Court, Park Heath, Dancox House, Russell House, Chantry House, Chelmsford Court, Lincoln Green, Brookthorpe Close, Himbleton House, James Close and Cripplegate House.

The award was given to Worcester following a collaboration of volunteers and local businesses. Fortis Living – part of Platform Housing Group which provides more than 45,000 homes from Herefordshire in the West to the Lincolnshire coast in the East, and from the Derbyshire Dales in the North to the Cotswolds in the South – has been working with Plastic Free Worcester, taking steps to reduce single-use plastic products in its schemes.

Paul Edwards, Community Officer at Fortis Living said: “With the schemes going plastic free, Fortis Living is showing a positive lead against single-use plastic. The damage plastic is doing to our environment, seas and waterways are in the news most weeks, so Fortis Living is showing good practice by trying to reduce its plastic waste and working with partner agencies to make Worcester a cleaner and greener city.”

Fortis Living regularly organises litter picks. It also works with the University of Worcester promoting its ‘White Bags Project’ to provide customers at Fortis Living schemes with free bags for recycling waste, a project which 88% of residents said gave them more confidence when it came to recycling.

Paul concluded: “The scheme will benefit the natural environment by weaning people off the use of plastic in their everyday life. We are delighted to have done our bit!”

For more information about the plastic free project visit: www.sas.org.uk/plastic-free-communities/.

For further information please contact Paul Edwards, Community Officer on 01905 670270, 07918160905 or at Paul.Edwards@platformhg.com.

Photo caption: Customers at Meadow Court retirement village with their plastic-free certificates.