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Community service project

Plan your Next Move

Once you are informed about the plastic issue and how it affects your community and ecosystems, then it’s a good time to plan your community service project to Cooperate and Act. You can use our Community service project guidelines to have a better understanding of how to plan, execute, and evaluate your project.

Community Service Project Guidelines

The following are some suggestions to inspire you while planning for your project:

Plastic surprises.

Age section: 15 and above

Work with your friends for this one. Everyone researches one item that most people don’t realize contains plastic. For example, did you know cigarette filters contain tiny plastic fibers? In fact, in a recent global survey, cigarettes were the most common type of plastic waste found in the environment. Other sneaky plastics can be found in chewing gum, clothing, glitter, and tea bags. Have everyone bring their example to school and get permission to set up an “exhibition” with your collected items in a prominent space, along with information about why it matters.

Clean Seas

You can use Clean Seas resources (above) to get to know more about plastic items. You can use other reference material to support your facilitation and the information you provide during the exhibit.

Private sector plastic persuasion

Age section: 15 and above

Select 3 companies / shops that you like and regularly visit. Ask them to reconsider the plastic that they sell or provide on their premises and discuss whether alternatives could be used instead. Think about how you can best influence them. For example, have other businesses scored goodwill points by making this change? Do customers prefer sustainable alternatives to plastic? Is plastic pollution hurting tourism and therefore business in your region? Let them know of available alternatives that they could consider. To pass this section, one company should have changed their policy.

Waste management revolution

Age section: 15 and above

Create a plastic collection scheme at school or in your community. If there is no waste management in your community / locality, raise this concern with your local official and work with partners and private sector collaborators to create a solution. To be truly successful, this challenge should benefit at least 100+ people in an area which would see a new community mechanism to reduce plastic waste in their area, with someone to come and collect it and take it away. While working on this, make sure you know what is collectable and has value, and what can’t be reused. As a next step, you and your team could set up an environmental club at school and make sure the waste management scheme continues. Take photos to capture the difference before and after you launched the project.

Commit to a river or beach for at least 1 month:

Age section: 15 and above

Identify one location that is near you that has a major plastic / waste problem and commit to keep it clean for at least one month. Bring your friends along, as well as a localpolitician and the media, to join your cleanup and showcase its success.

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