World Environment Day

Practical things you can do to protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling in Nottinghamshire

World Environment Day 2023 is an opportunity to amplify the need to end plastic pollution.

Together, we can raise our voices for nature and push to accelerate ambition to protect biodiversity. Whether it’s the air we breathe, the food we eat or protection from disasters, nature is there for us. But nature is in crisis.

Plastic pollution is a grave threat to the health of both people and the planet. It contributes to the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. This World Environment Day will showcase that ending plastic pollution is possible and that in doing so, we can shift to a lifecycle approach.

It’s time to #BeatPlasticPollution

Acknowledge and give visibility to those who are creating real solutions to #BeatPlasticPollution.

  • Take a photo or video of the solution to plastic pollution.
  • Share it on your social media and tag a government representative, municipality, business, friends or colleagues:
    Hi @...... – Thank you for making better choices for the environment!
    Join the movement this #WorldEnvironmentDay to accelerate solutions to #BeatPlasticPollution.

Sample message adding own photo 👉



Three practical things you can do in Nottinghamshire to protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.


  • Many shops offer fruit and vegetables without any packaging, so if you can, choose the no packaging options. 
  • Buy your food in bulk. You can buy a lot of cupboard items such as pasta, rice and flour in bulk bags, which will dramatically decrease the amount of packaging you get through.
  • A great way to reduce your food waste is to plan out what meals you're having for the week, then shop only for what you'll need, to reduce and waste.


  • Keep a reusable bag folded in your bag or pockets so that you're never caught off guard in the shops!
  • Reuse empty bottles and jars, old jars of pesto can be used to keep homemade salad dressings or to store snacks for your lunch at work.
  • Learn how to do some basic stitches so you can repair your clothes instead of throwing them away.


  • Recycle at work and not just at home. If you don't have any recycling bins in your office, become the office recycling champion, and ask your manager for some. 
  • Make use of textile and shoe recycling bins around your borough, your Recycling Center will have some, or you can use local bring banks - they're often near busy areas and big supermarkets.
  • Batteries can be recycled but not in your household recycling bin! The Recycling Centres have dedicated battery bins and supermarkets will often have a collection point as well. 


Find out what can go into your kerbside recycling bin
Where does your waste and recycling go? Find out more here!
Collection from your kerbside in Nottinghamshire is the responsibility of the local and District and Borough Councils, who deliver the waste to us as the waste contractor for Nottinghamshire County Council.