At a meeting planned for Thursday, the municipality plans to ask different associations based in the town to stop using single-use plastics.

Unfortunately, Luxembourg is amongst the leaders in a rather undesirable category. The Grand Duchy produces a staggering 52 kg of municipal waste per resident.

Whilst awaiting measures to be introduced on a national level, municipalities are not necessarily waiting for the government to act. Differdange is hoping to lead by example in taking action against single-use plastics.

In a press release published on Monday, the municipality referred back to the municipal council's unanimous resolution to no longer use single-use plastics at public events. The ban also applies to events organised by other associations or groups within the town.

Instead, the municipality suggests using environmentally-friendly material such as paper or bamboo utensils. There will be an information sessions addressed to different Differdange associations on Thursday 7 February at 7pm. The meeting will take place at the bar of the municipal stadium (Parc des Sports d'Oberkorn).

After tackling the issue with local associations, the municipal authorities will turn to raising awareness in schools.

In addition to the visible issue of pollution and the vast accumulation of plastic waste seen in oceans, there remains the issue of microplastics, which have already been found in human bodies and sealife.

Differdange mayor Roberto Traversini explained that it is imperative for the community to act as fast as possible and reduce the amount of plastic waste it produces.