This autumn Plastic Free Chesterfield is taking part in The Generation Sea: Plastic Protest which involves six grassroots actions designed to challenge the manufacturers of unnecessary, single-use plastics, change public perception and demand stronger legislation from the government.

One of these actions is the #ReturnToOffender campaign.

This involves you and the people of Chesterfield taking photos of branded packaging pollution you find in the environment during your daily exercise, and uploading it to social media with a direct message for the companies responsible. This action fits nicely alongside the Community Clean Ups.

  1. #SeeIt – find branded items
  2. #SnapIt – take a picture of it, clearly showing the brand name
  3. #ShareIt – share the photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #ReturntoOffender and #LessPlasticPlease and tag the brand’s social media account as well as Plastic Free Chesterfield and Surfers Against Sewage

An example Twitter post might be:

Hey (@CocaCola_GB) your drinks bottles keep polluting #Chesterfield streets. When are you going to start pumping out less plastic pollution? #ReturnToOffender #LessPlasticPlease @plasticfreechez @sascampaigns

Doing this will help us / Surfers Against Sewage to collect data for a Brand Audit – adding up all of the brands found across the county to highlight those who are most polluting and calling for them to reduce their packing.

Surfers Against Sewage will also use the evidence you collect to demand the Government:

  • Do not delay key policy that will reduce plastic pollution – the plastic industry around the world is using the current pandemic to delay critical policy that would see the reduction of plastic pollution. We are already seeing the impacts of this in the UK with delays to bans on straws, stirrers and cotton bud sticks and introducing Deposit Return Schemes in Scotland and delays to. We need to tell government not to use one crisis to ignore another
  • Introduce Extended Producer Responsibility – we want manufacturers of packaging to be responsible for 100% of the costs of dealing with their packaging.
  • Introduce a Deposit Return Scheme – we want the UK Government to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme for a wide range of materials, including ALL plastic bottles. And we want this to be introduced before 2023.