Group hopes city can cut plastic use

January 31 2018
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SUSTAINABLE Wells is hoping to make the city ‘plastic free’.

The aim is to cut down on single-use plastics in Wells so that the city can gain Plastic Free status.

“There is now a huge amount of public interest in the damaging effects of single-use plastics on the environment, especially the oceans,” said Sustainable Wells chair Maddy Milnes.

“There is also a great willingness from the public to play their part in reducing the use of single-use plastics, such as drinks bottles, straws and takeaway coffee cups.

“The scheme is based on the Fair Trade model whereby a community has to reach certain objectives to be awarded Fair Trade, or in this case Plastic Free status. There are five main objectives involving local councils, schools, businesses and community groups, which all involve reducing reliance on single-use plastics.”

Sustainable Wells will be holding a meeting in February to discuss the action plan and would like to hear from anyone interested in being involved in this initiative. Those interested are asked to email sustwells@gmail.com

Sustainable Wells will also be at the Repair Café being held in St Thomas Church Hall on February 10 from 10am-noon, where people can discuss the issue.

Penzance in Cornwall became the first Plastic Free town in the UK just before Christmas.

The scheme is run by the environmental campaigning group Surfers against Sewage, who say that “plastic pollution is the new sewage”.

The Surfers against Sewage website explains in more detail what damage is caused by the overuse of plastics and the part everyone can play in reducing this damage.