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Company warns staff they could be sacked if they use single-use plastic

05 Sep 2019

Company warns staff they could be sacked if they use single-use plastic

A company has told its staff they could be sacked for bringing single-use plastics to work.

Intelligent Hand Dryers (IHD), based in Sheffield, has announced plans to change staff contracts to make having single-use plastics a disciplinary offence.

Under the scheme, employees caught breaching the ban receive three warnings, and could eventually be fired, The Times reports.

Last month, IHD announced a ban on all single-use plastics from its offices, including disposable coffee cups with an inner plastic lining, water bottles and sandwich packets with plastic windows.

Andrew Cameron, 41, the company’s founder, said he frequently lectures his 10 members of staff about wasting paper and switching off lights.

Mr Cameron added that he “drives staff mad” about reducing the company’s environmental impact.

“Staff were creating a lot of waste from going to the supermarket and having a load of unnecessary packaging,” he told the newspaper, and staff were buying meal deals that left the bins overflowing. “It was driving me mad,” he said.

The boss claims his staff were initially supportive of his idea to outlaw single-use plastics but some reportedly didn’t realise there was plastic in coffee cups.

To sweeten the deal, Mr Cameron has provided free cakes and fruit to avoid staff needing to bring in snacks in plastic wrapping.

He now says he wouldn’t feel bad about firing a member of staff who breached his rules as they would “basically be saying I don’t care about the mentality of this business” and what it’s trying to achieve.

Last year the EU announced a continent-wide ban on single-use plastics starting in 2021.

A range of plastic items including straws, cotton wool buds, plastic plates, balloon sticks and polystyrene fast food containers will be banned from the EU market in a bid to tackle marine pollution.

There are more than 150 million tonnes of plastic in the oceans, entangling wildlife, polluting beaches and being eaten by creatures such as sea turtles, with impacts on their nutrition and exposure to chemicals, the European Parliament said.

They can also be eaten by fish which are caught for human consumption, with as yet unknown consequences for people’s health.

Article & Image Source: i News

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