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12:50  05 september  2019
12:50  05 september  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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A company has taken the war on plastic to a new level by threatening to sack staff if they bring in single - use containers. Intelligent Hand Dryers, which is based in Sheffield, has banned all single - use plastic from its offices, but now plans a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy. Rules will be written into

Bringing single - use plastic into one office in Sheffield is to be made a disciplinary offenceALAMY. Is that a single - use coffee cup on your desk? Staff breaching the ban would receive three warnings and, if they continued to ignore it, could be sacked . Intelligent Hand Dryers (IHD), based in Sheffield

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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.

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Single - use - plastics frequently do not make it to a landfill or are recycled.[11] A full 32 Landfill liners can leak harmful pollutants into the watershed and plastics on the tops of landfills can be carried away by the wind.[13] The best way to curb single - use plastic pollution is to reduce your personal plastic

And once there, plastic can travel great distances on ocean currents. Those plastics have a huge effect on marine life. Fish and large aquatic mammals can be killed by the Large volumes of plastic waste wash up on beaches, where they can be eaten by sea birds and other animals and kill them .

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.

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'Drives staff mad'

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.

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Single - use plastic is everywhere, which I never quite realized until I tried to stop using it. For a week, I tried not to use any plastic item I couldn’t put in my building's recycling—and it was actually quite difficult. Both of these companies are publicly dedicated to eco-friendly practices and say

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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.

The EU recently announced a total ban on single-use plastics because of the damage they cause to marine life. (Getty)

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

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

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Single - use plastics , often also referred to as disposable plastics , are commonly used for plastic packaging7 and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These include, among other items, grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups

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.

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

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