Local authorities across Essex have joined forces on a campaign aimed at cutting the amount of single-use plastic used in the county.

All ten district councils, as well as the county council, are taking part in the 'Love Essex Not Plastic' initiative.

It will highlight ways residents can reduce their use of plastic, by switching away from things like carrier nags and coffee cups.

Rochford District Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Arthur Williams, said: "Last year, in 2018/19, we recycled a total of 1,047 tonnes of plastics here in the Rochford District.

"This included 180 tonnes of household plastic bottles such as shampoo, detergents and household cleaning sprays.

"The figure was also made up of 262 tonnes of plastic drinks bottles and a staggering 605 tonnes of other plastics including pots, tubs and trays.

"In signing up to the 'Essex Plastic Pledge' and making small changes, we can all help to reduce the amount we have to recycle.

"The knock-on effect will be material that needs to be collected, less miles travelled, less processing of the plastics, lower pollution levels and a reduced carbon footprint."