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Canary Wharf Takes Big Step to Becoming World’s First Plastic-Free Commercial Centre

London’s very own Canary Wharf has made a huge pledge in which it aims to become the first commercial centre in the world to become plastic-free.

In order to achieve this, Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has joined up with Surfers Against Sewage’s (SAS) for its Plastic Free Community initiative.

SAS, a UK-based marine conservation charity, is looking to create 125 plastic-free communities by 2020 and already has 334  communities (27/07/2018) signed up. Of these communities, CWG is the first commercial centre.

CWG’s press release also revealed they will work retailers on the estate to remove at least three single-use plastics products, with the expectation being that many retailers will remove all single-use plastic.

This news comes after Canary Wharf became one of the first places in the UK to launch an on-site deposit return scheme as part of its #BreakingThePlasticHabit campaign.

SAS’s chief executive, Hugo Tagholm, had this to say:

“This is fantastic news for London, the UK and the rest of the world. It’s a world first and sets a very high standard,” Tagholm said in the press release. “Given the scale of threats to our coasts and marine habitats, there could not be a more important time to take action on plastic pollution. We congratulate Canary Wharf Group and call on other London boroughs and districts to take similar action on avoidable single-use plastics, with the aim of stopping plastic pollution.”

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