TJ supports Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July® is a global movement that enables millions of people to help in the fight against plastic pollution by choosing to refuse single-use plastics. It is hoped that this effort will result in cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. 

Plastic Free July® is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation which allows us to work towards our vision of seeing a world free of plastic waste. The Plastic Free Foundation Ltd is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2017. This social movement stops around 300 million kgs of plastic polluting the world each year.

The Foundation’s mission is informed by our their core values:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Inclusivity of people, ideas, visions and approaches
  • A focus on providing solutions
  • Authenticity and collaboration
  • The belief that small changes add up to a big difference

Around the world, 29% of people surveyed were aware of Plastic Free July, with an estimated 140 million people taking part in the 2022 challenge. In addition to that, almost 90% of participants report making at least one lasting conscious change. By choosing to refuse single-use plastics, they reduced their household waste and recycling by a staggering 4.1%.

Plastic waste and pollution is an issue close to TJ’s heart. We work in partnership with the Final Straw Foundation to reduce plastic waste and pinpoint waste disposal companies that are responsibly disposing of waste in a bid to reduce fly-tipping and other illegal waste disposal practices.

TJ’s relationship with the Final Straw began when they stepped in to help them out back in 2019. The charity has a big metal fish structure called Nellie, which acts as a recycling bin for plastic bottles and is positioned in various places around the county, usually to encourage recycling during events. At the time, Nellie was in Winchester city centre and full of plastic bottles, but they were struggling to get it emptied.

They contacted TJ for assistance and they were happy to help and at no charge. TJ’s van driver Phil went along to empty Nellie and ended up climbing inside to get all the waste out! He collected it all and transferred it to his van and took it back to one of our Materials Recovery Facilities where it was sorted and recycled accordingly.

Lissie Pollard from the Final Straw Foundation said: “We called the team at TJ Waste because they have helped us before on beach cleans and they got it all sorted within 24 hours. We are so grateful that they made the process so easy and helped us free of charge – we cannot thank them enough!”

Another way in which we’re doing our bit to aid plastic recycling is with one of our clients, Jude’s Ice Cream. When we established a new recycling process for certain types of plastics, we soon realised that Jude’s unwanted plastic ice cream tubs and offcuts would be ideal for it. The plastic tubs are made into a new product – pellets – which can be moulded into new plastic products. The latest equipment for recycling plastic materials is used in this recycling process to ensure that the highest quality products are maintained.

Discover the services TJ Waste provides and find out more about their involvement with The Final Straw Foundation.


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Luke Haskell
6 July 2023