The Plastic

The problem with plastic is that most of it isn’t biodegradable.

It doesn’t rot away, like paper or food waste, it hangs around in the environment for hundreds of years.

You can get accredited as a responsible club, centres or business

This guide is to assist you to receive your SUP and waste accreditation in partnership with The Green Blue (TGB) and Final Straw Foundation (FSF). You can find out more below.

How to get accredited

STEP 1: Sign up to register your interest and start the process. Let us know who you are – for example, business, club or individual.

STEP 2: Complete the self-audit. You can download it here or complete it straight online when you have signed up. Please add in any extras that you may use in your day to day lives / business. This is not an exhaustive list but a list that will cover items we are looking at for this accreditation. 

STEP 3: Begin the Bronze award. You must remove the 5 mandatory changes. These will ask for you to submit evidence, which can be in the form of photos, receipts, purchase orders etc. You are very welcome to remove more single use plastic items, just let us know what they are and we can shout about it. It may even help the greater cause, by giving other organisations inspiration! 

STEP 4: Submit your evidence and wait to hear from us. If successful, your award resources (poster etc) will be sent to you. Prepare a short quote to accompany your press/social media release for receiving the award. 

STEP 5: Download and display posters provided on accreditation.

Mandatory removals

1. Plastic straws, including bio-plastic (read why here)

2. Single-use plastic glasses

3. Plastic Free Champion or Ambassador – can be the same as the Environmental Officer

4. Single-use plastic cutlery

5. Polystyrene food and drink containers


1. Single-use plastic bottles (water etc)

2. Single-use plastic lined hot drink cups – most disposable coffee cups have a plastic lining

3. Cling film

4. Tea bags containing plastic – lots of plastic-free brands available now  – and single-use plastic packaged coffee. No Single Use Plastic Pods etc.

5. Condiment packets,  e.g. ketchup, vinegar etc.


1. No plastic milk bottles (refills or glass)

2. Office supplies (no plastic windows in envelopes, request plastic free deliveries etc)

3. Compost all food scraps

4. Remove all single use plastic food packaging

5. All expanded polystyrene must be covered (benches, stands, seats etc.)

Download a self-audit checklist here!

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