The BBC is taking a major step and acting to reduce their plastic pollution by banning all single-use plastics across all its sites by 2020.

According to the broadcasting company’s plans, throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped by the end of 2018. Plastic containers in canteens will share their fate by 2019, with the full ban on plastic beginning in 2020.


Currently, BBC staff and visitors use two million plastic cups a year! Thanks to the new ban, this huge amount of waste will be avoided!

The BBC’s decision was influenced by David Attenborough’s TV series Blue Planet II, which has done wonders to raise awareness of the plastic pollution issue.

“Like millions of people watching Blue Planet II, I was shocked to see the avoidable waste and harm created by single-use plastic,” said Tony Hall, director general of the BBC.”We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem, and I want the BBC to lead the way. Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan, I hope we can have a BBC free of single-use plastic altogether.”

Every year, around 8.8 million tons of plastic enters the oceans and it can take hundreds of years for this material to break down. Plastic waste poses a huge threat to marine animals and birds that risk entanglement in and ingestion of the trash, both of which can be and often are fatal. Knowing this, we all have to step up and do better!


Plastic pollution is an issue which requires big systemic changes – but each of us can help as an individual. To find out how you can help the planet by minimizing your plastic consumption, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

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