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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) has been driving down its use of single use plastics and has recycling facilities in place to send recyclable materials, including single use plastics, to be processed into new products to lessen the use of raw materials.

The Service will continue to look at ways in which it can be more environmentally friendly and has achieved this so far by:

  • Issuing reusable water bottles to staff to reduce the amount of bottled water used during training sessions and whilst out of the office
  • Replacing plastic drink stirrers with wooden alternatives

There are many more ways we can all be environmentally friendly though and we’re encouraging you to support the campaign.

Here are some ideas of how to reduce your use of single use plastics:

  • Swapping to home milk deliveries in glass bottles
  • Swapping to a reusable water bottle
  • Using reusable shopping bags or cardboard boxes
  • Shopping at a greengrocer
  • Choosing loose fresh produce
  • Using brown paper bags
  • Using a thermal mug for coffee shop refills
  • Refusing to use a plastic straw
  • Choosing glass/cardboard packaging
  • Using refills
  • Shopping at the deli counter/butcher/fishmonger
  • Using beeswax paper coverings
  • Using reusable storage containers/lunchboxes

In addition to driving down its use of single use plastics, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is continually striving to ensure a reduction in its carbon footprint, too. This includes the updating of boiler systems on stations for more efficient models, as well as the replacement of old, inefficient lighting throughout the Service, which are being replaced with new, low energy efficient LED lighting.