Canary Wharf is the World's First Commercial Centre to be Awarded Plastic Free Communities Status by Surfers Against Sewage

On World Environment Day, Wednesday 5 June 2019, Canary Wharf Group has been awarded Plastic Free Communities Approved status by marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage; in recognition of our work to reduce single-use plastic at Canary Wharf.

Read our latest report ‘Making the Cut: How a Micro-City Went Plastic Free’ to find out how we did it.

Canary Wharf is the first district in London to achieve this sought-after status and is the world’s first Plastic Free Commercial Centre to be recognised by Surfers Against Sewage.


Canary Wharf Group also piloted the HELPFUL app, designed to help anyone at Canary Wharf to correctly recycle their waste, make the switch to reusable products to avoid single-use plastic and earn rewards at the same time.



Plastic Free Communities exist to free where we live from single-use. They bring people together on a journey to tackle avoidable single-use plastic, from the beach all the way back to the businesses and brands who create it. It’s not about removing all plastic from our lives. It’s about kicking our addiction to throwaway single-use plastic, and changing the system that produces it.


This is not about removing all plastic on the Estate, but targeting specific, avoidable single-use plastic items and influencing a positive behavioural change amongst Canary Wharf stakeholders, encouraging them to rethink their own usage, and break the habit by incrementally and collectively moving away from throwaway plastics. Canary Wharf is the first district in London to achieve this sought-after Plastic Free Communities accreditation, which is to be celebrated at our World Environment Day Event on Wednesday 5th June, where we are hosting a Youth Takeover, moderated by Surfers Against Sewage CEO, Hugo Tagholm.


Canary Wharf is one of the largest of the UK wide communities to achieve the Plastic Free Communities Approved status; Canary Wharf Group is now looking forward to working with other organisations at Canary Wharf to build on this initial groundwork and to work towards fully freeing its community from single-use plastics.

Elizabeth Gaffney