The challenge is much easier if you plan it out. Make sure you have some space set aside where you can collect the plastic. The average family will collect a fair amount of plastic so organising a bit of space is a good idea.
The challenge also lasts for 4 weeks, so plan to start on a day that suits your schedule. Once you have picked the day you want to start on, make sure that you stick to it and make sure that the whole household is on board too.
Collect and Clean your Plastic
Collect the plastic you use. You need to keep ALL of it, even stuff that you would normally put in the recycling bin. It's also better if you include the plastic waste that you generate outside of the home too. EG packaging from that lunchtime snack you bought. Make sure the rest of the household does the same too
Don't forget to wash the packaging, especially any packaging that was used for food-stuffs.
Record your Progress
At the end of each week, spread your collected plastic out and take a photo of it. This is the part that makes you go WOW. It is actually quite horrifying the amount of plastic that we use in day to day life.
Once you have taken a photo, please share it on our social media streams along with the hashtags #TrashBinChallenge #Week1 etc
Keeping tally as you go also makes it easy to enter your data into out plastics footprint calculator at the end of your challenge too.
Analyse your Plastics Footprint
Once your 4 weeks are up and you have finished collecting it's time to analyse your waste. You can calculate your plastics footprint by using our online tool. This will give you a scoring based on the amount of plastics you collected.
With all of your plastic waste in one place, It's also very easy to see where the majority of your plastic waste comes from. You probably do not have to look too far to realise that there will be some items that are more common than others.
These common items are the best items to target in your plastics reduction drive. By changing out one or two products for products that do not come supplied in plastics packaging you can probably make a quick but significant impact.
Reduce Your Footprint
The ultimate goal of the challenge is not just to raise awareness of your plastics footprint, but to help you to reduce it.
Use our tips and tricks to help you in your journey towards a circular sustainable plastics economy. We would also love you to share your ideas with the community and help others to achieve the same.
We're pretty sure you will be very surprised at your plastics footprint and are quite confident that you will start making some changes to try and reduce it but that's only half of what we are trying to achieve here
We want you to tell your friends and colleagues about the challenge. We want you to try and get them on-board too. The more people that we can get to take the challenge, the more we will raise awareness and the more progress will be made towards a completely circular plastic economy.
Getting your workplace or school involved in the challenge is also a great way to generate interest.