AN ambitious initiative to free Hart of single-use plastics has been launched.

Hart District Council is partnering with Sky Ocean Rescue over the next 12 months to try and reduce the threat to wildlife and the environment caused by the disposal of single use plastics (SUPs).

The council will be engaging with staff, businesses and schools to educate people on the impact of SUPs on ocean health and will support residents to reduce and dispose of SUPs.

Speaking about the project Cllr Alan Oliver, Cabinet member for Environment at Hart District Council said: “Single Use plastic poses an enormous threat to our environment and we are delighted to be the first local authority to work in partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue to tackle this issue across our district.”

Council staff have already been issued with reusable bottles after the removal of single use plastic cups and stirrers in council offices, whilst a water station has been installed in the reception area.

It's registered as a refill station for members of the public using a refillable bottle.