Taking part is easy — there are 4 simple steps:
If you’re not already signed up – that’s the first step. Sign up now to receive your free digital counting pack with everything you need to take part.Sign up now
If you ordered a postal pack, you should have it by now. In it, we’ve provided a tally sheet to make it quick and easy for you to record all the different types of plastic packaging waste you use.
We suggest putting the tally sheet up somewhere near your bin this weekend, so come Monday morning you and anyone you live with can see it.
If you ordered a digital pack (or your postal pack didn’t arrive), you can print off your tally sheet at home, at a family or friends, in the library, or at an internet cafe.
Or alternatively you can tally online. If you’re tallying online, save the link somewhere so you’ve got it to hand, ready for Monday morning (but remember only one person in your household can use the tally online).
For 7 days, you need to count every single piece of plastic packaging waste that you throw away - that's plastic waste that you put in the bin and plastic you put in the recycling. Try to count anything you throw away while out of the home too.
Some people like to tally up each piece of plastic as they go along, whereas others find it easier to save up all of their plastic over the course of the day or week (storing it in a bag or box) and then tally it up in one go - it’s totally up to you which you do!
We’ve tried to make the categories on the Tally as simple and easy to understand as possible, but if you need any help check out this plastic ID sheet or our FAQs.
At the end of the week, whether you’ve tallied as you’ve gone along, or you’re submitting all your data in at once - head over to the website to submit your results.
Please don’t forget to do this, as this is crucial! Without your data, there is no investigation - we need thousands of people to take part to ensure the evidence is as strong as possible. So we really can’t do this without you.
What happens if you need to skip a day? Don’t worry! Either you can make up for it another day and submit your results a bit later, or when you submit your results you can just tell us how many days you counted for. You’ll have up until 31 May to submit your results if you need it.
Once you’ve submitted your results, you’ll get your household’s plastic footprint, and we’ll also share tips to help reduce plastic in day-to-day life.
Once we’ve got all the data, scientists will crunch the numbers to work out the national results. These results will help prove that we need bigger, bolder action to solve the plastic problem.
We hope that covers everything you need to know! If you’ve got any other burning questions then check out our FAQs page which has answers to lots of common queries.FAQS
Whether you live alone or with friends and family, use hardly any plastic or lots – we need you to be part of this.
With your help, we want to reveal the truth about what actually happens to plastic packaging when it leaves our homes.
We will use the results from our investigation to show the government just how bad the UK’s plastic problem is and urge them to act on it.Sign up