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Environment Agency encourages Sikh community to reduce plastic waste

The Environment Agency is working with its employee Sikh Fellowship, and community interest group Eco-Sikh UK, on a series of printed posters to be displayed in Gurdwaras (places of worship), as part of its Interreg Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) work.

The aim is to reach wider audiences with its avoidable plastics message, having launched the diversity project earlier this year with Festival of Eid posters for Islamic communities.

Three themed posters in English and Punjabi have been created, giving tips on ways to reduce avoidable plastic waste during Bandi Chhor  Divas. They focus on food waste, candles and decorations, and fireworks.

Environment Agency project lead Claire Horrocks said: “Sikh families from across the world will soon come together to mark Bandi Chhor Divas (4 November) – an important festival in the Sikh calendar that coincides with climate change conference COP26 this year.”

What better time to share positive ideas for sustainable celebrations and encourage people to reduce waste. Regardless of faith, everyone can learn from the messages in these posters, be kinder to our planet, and help protect the environment from further harm caused by plastic pollution.

Eco-Sikh representative Amandeep Kaur Maan said: “This is an important collaboration between the Environment Agency and Sikh communities all over the UK to help get the message about climate change out there.”

Bandi Chhor Divas is a time to reflect on how our actions affect the world. Just as our Guru demonstrated selflessness in the way he helped others, we too should carry his message forward. This is by being responsible when celebrating so that we don’t harm the environment.

Environment Agency Sikh Fellowship representative Jatinder Singh Mehmi said: “The Sikh Fellowship represents Sikh colleagues within the Environment Agency who want to play an active part in promoting sustainable celebrations to their family, friends and their wider community. We’re delighted to be working with Eco-Sikh UK in this endeavour.”

In future, the Environment Agency’s plastics and sustainability team also hopes to highlight festivals from other faiths, including Hindu and Jewish celebrations.

As a regulator, the Environment Agency prevents waste plastic entering the environment by cracking down on waste crime and poor waste management. As an influencer, its ambition is to promote better environmental practices that result in a reduction of plastic waste, helping to achieve the goals and commitments outlined in its 5 year plan to create better places for people, wildlife and the environment, and the government’s 25 year environment plan.