Weston’s council one of the first in UK to support Plastic-Free Coastlines status after unanimous vote

PUBLISHED: 22:36 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 22:37 20 November 2017

Millions of bottles end up on landfill or in the sea every year.

Millions of bottles end up on landfill or in the sea every year.

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Weston Town Council has tonight (Monday) given unanimous support for the town’s efforts to secure Plastic-Free Coastline status – making it one of the first councils in the country to do so.

The Mercury has launched a Cleaner Coastlines campaign in Weston-super-Mare to achieve Plastic-Free Coastlines status from Surfers Against Sewage, alongside Weston Chamber of Commerce and North Somerset Council. The scheme recognises areas which have reduced single-use plastic waste to try to stop the damaging material ending up in the seas and killing marine life.

One of the five objectives involves a local council passing a motion to support Plastic-Free Coastlines, and to lead by example.

Tonight, Weston Town Council unanimously agreed to support the initiative, and has therefore secured in a key milestone in the campaign, which has only been running for just over a month.

MORE: We need YOU to get involved in our plastic-free campaign.

The motion was put forward by Cllr Catherine Gibbons, who said: “It is in our interests, and future generations’ interests, that we do something about plastic.

“We would be trailblazing for the area, doing something different to show the way and lead by example.

“We can show active support and kick start this process to help the campaign achieve the five objects needed for our town to get this accreditation, which I believe will give Weston something extra.

“It will be a positive thing for tourism and businesses.”

A previous milestone in the campaign include the first beach clean, which attracted 130 people, while the Government minister for the environment, Michael Gove, has also offered his support for Weston’s efforts.

Everyone in Weston is invited to get involved in the campaign by saying no to single-use plastics, such as straws and takeaway boxes, and for businesses to remove some of those items.

Learn more by joining Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset Plastic-Free Campaign on Facebook.

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