The challenge is much easier if you plan it out. Make sure you have some space set aside where you can collect and keep the plastic. The average family will collect a fair amount of plastic so organising a bit of space is a good idea.
The challenge should ideally last for 4 weeks, but can be longer or shorter. Even doing it for one week will be enough to collect a sizeable amount of plastic waste from the average household. The important thing is that you give it a go. 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, anything that is plastic, 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
Don't feel ashamed, as by the end of the challenge you will easily be able to reduce your plastics consumption. It's really not hard to do, you just never knew you needed to do it before now. You can also keep a tally of your plastics usage using our online calculator. If you do this week-by-week you can compare and track your progress.
Analyse your Plastics Footprint
Analysing your waste is a good way to identify those items that cause the biggest impact. It can also give you a gauge on how much of an impact you have. We recommend that you do this weekly.
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.
After seeing how much plastic you use in week 1 you will probably want to try and make an impact and start to reduce your plastics usage. Try to target those items that generate the largest amount of waste.
Use our tips and tricks to help you reduce your plastic consumption. We would also love you to share your ideas with the community and help others with their challenge
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. Getting your workplace or school involved in the challenge is also a great way to generate interest. 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.