At the November 2017 Town Council meeting Councillors voted unanimously to support the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Coastline (PFC) campaign in an effort to reduce the use of single use plastics in the town which, in turn, contribute not only to the plastic pollution epidemic to our waters, but also to the litter problem on our streets. This Council noted that achieving this accreditation requires 5 objectives to be met and that this Council would lead by example.
Since then the Town Council has been actively looking to reduce use of single use plastic within the Town Council. We have been able to do this by introducing a number of measures including:
- Making the Blakehay Theatre, Weston Museum and the VIC available for free water refills
- Stopped using single use plastic cups in the theatre auditorium and instead are using reusable cups
- Stopped selling plastic bottles of water in the theatre bar
- Replaced plastic straws with paper straws where possible
- Selling reusable water bottles in the VIC
The Town Council is delighted with the accreditation achieved by the town and is pleased to have been a leader in this area. We congratulate the steering group who have led this campaign and everyone including businesses, schools and community groups who have helped in any way. Now we must all continue work to reduce and as far as possible eliminate single use plastic from our day to day lives.