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How are FMs solving the single-use plastics issue? © iStock

8  August 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

FM World has been reporting on the campaign to reduce single-use plastics in the workplace – and we want to know what facilities managers are doing.


Although the conversation about the perils of plastic is not new, the recent awareness campaign has gained much momentum after David Attenborough’s sobering insight during last year’s screening of the BBC’s Blue Planet II.


Since then, the BBC has pledged that by 2020 all of its sites will be free from single-use plastic and the Queen has banned straws and plastic bottles at her estates.


It’s a fast-moving topic; 2018 has already seen plastic bottles and cups being replaced in organisations across the country. But there’s much to do; In the UK alone, 7.7 billion single-use plastic water bottles are used in a year with not even half as many being recycled.


With many consumers and facilities end-users joining the campaign, we want to know from you: 


• Can you give us examples of work you’re currently undertaking to reduce single-use plastics?


Please do provide additional comment on questions including


• How have the pressures on you to eradicate single-use plastics changed over the last year?


• How is this work affecting your supply chain and pricing?


• Do you have any other comment about the rush to reduce and eliminate plastics in the workplace?

Please take part in the survey here.


You can email your answers to me, Herpreet Grewal, news editor at newsdesk@fm-world.co.uk by 22nd August with the subject line ‘Single-use plastics’.