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Single Use Plastic (SUP) Policy

Single Use Plastics (SUP) Policy

Policy Details

What is this policy for and who does it affect?

The Single Use Plastic (SUP) Policy commits Solar Illuminations Ltd. to act to remove and reduce the use of Single Use Plastic from Solar Illuminations Ltd. day-to-day operations and installation services.

Single Use Policy (SUP) – Putting it into context

Background

Solar Illuminations Ltd. is dedicated to the adoption and implementation of the SUP.

Issues

Single use plastics can be described as any disposable plastic item that is designed to be used only once. Single use plastics are often used in packaging, consumer products, cosmetics and healthcare. Examples include plastic bags; disposable utensils; beverage containers; balloons and wet wipes etc. It is estimated that around 50% of plastic waste we produce globally is packaging that is used just once.

The main issues linked to this policy:

  1. Plastic pollution is litter - Plastic pollution is both a global and local issue that affects the natural and urban environment, the oceans, beaches and links to people’s health and wellbeing. Plastic pollution from SUP found in our towns and villages impacts aesthetically but is also costly to clear up.
  2. Plastic is a major contributor to climate change - Chemicals derived from fossil fuel production are used to make almost all plastics. The more plastic made, the more petrochemicals are required, and the more petrochemicals required, the higher the demand for gas, oil and even coal. By reducing or removing SUP this will mean Solar Illuminations Ltd. is helping to reduce the demand for fossil fuels, thereby reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere.

Challenges

Plastic is one of the most useful inventions in recent history. However, the current volume of plastic waste means it has also now become a pressing environmental challenge. Its low cost has encouraged the development of many SUP items:

  • SUP is found in many products: medical supplies that cannot be reused for safety and hygiene reasons, cigarette filters containing plastic among other materials, chewing gums, disposable nappies, food packaging, balloons, cups, straws and many more.
  • The types of polymers used to produce some items are currently hard to recycle so they often end up in residual waste. The numbers of SUP items are high. The UK Government estimates that every year 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds end up in landfill.
  • Items used ‘on-the-go’ are the most often littered, creating an environmental pollutant and removing the possibility of managing their end of life effectively.
  • When SUP items are not adequately captured and managed at their end of life, they represent a real threat to our ecosystems by degrading into tiny particles. Known as micro-plastics, they can contaminate the food web including being ingested by plankton.

Single Use Policy (SUP) – Details

The Single Use Plastic Policy

Solar Illuminations Ltd. shall act to remove and reduce the use of Single Use Plastic from its operations and services as well as working towards finding positive solutions for reducing unnecessary waste across the locations that Solar Illuminations Ltd. operates in. The following information details how we intend go about doing this. Our SUP action plan defines what, how, and when this will be achieved. Implementing this policy, Solar Illuminations Ltd shall:

  1. Lead by example.
    • All Solar Illuminations Ltd. staff will reduce and remove SUP across its offices, warehouses, facilities, services, and operations.
    • Embed the SUP policy into other key strategies, policies and plans, where appropriate.
    • Where the use of plastics is unavoidable, Solar Illuminations Ltd. shall strongly encourage the use of recycled plastics, supporting manufacturers that make products from locally sourced waste plastics.

  2. Work with our suppliers and contractors.
    • Solar Illuminations Ltd shall request that its suppliers have a SUP policy in place or demonstrate that they are minimizing the use of single-use plastics in their service provision and are finding sustainable alternatives (where appropriate).
    • The SUP policy shall be embedded in procurement and tender processes for Solar Illuminations Ltd.

  3. Action Plan. The work to implement the policy will be in 2 phases.
    • Phase 1: Reducing single use plastic in Solar Illuminations Ltd. offices, warehouses, and facilities. This includes our packing and shipping department. Commencing 03/01/22.
    • Phase 2: Reducing single use plastic in Solar Illuminations Ltd. services and operations. Commencing 01/03/22.

A SUP audit will be carried out by Management, and a review of this policy will be conducted on an annual basis, or sooner where necessary.

This policy is fully supported by the Managing Director of Solar Illuminations Ltd. Dated 03/01/22.

A signed copy is available upon request.

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