Green group to rid Clevedon of plastic bags

A GROUP of green-minded Clevedon residents have set up their own recycling service.

A GROUP of green-minded Clevedon residents have set up their own recycling service.

There are no facilities in the town for people to recycle their plastic, so environmental group, Greener Footprints, has been picking up the material from schools and taking it to recycling centres in Weston, Backwell and Portishead.

Pupils from St John the Evangelist Primary School in Clevedon already use the service and the green volunteers are now urging other organisations and businesses to recycle their plastic waste through Greener Footprints.

Group member Melanie Durston said: "Clevedon is the only town in North Somerset which doesn't have plastic recycling. We have to take it to Backwell, Portishead or Weston.

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"We want to make it easier for people to recycle and raise residents' awareness about environmental issues and the impact we all have on the environment.

"It's such a massive issue, but we want to show people the small things they can do locally."

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As well as recycling waste, the group is hoping to make Clevedon's shops plastic-bag free.

Some traders from Hill Road have already agreed to stop issuing plastic carriers and are investing in brown paper bags and organic cotton bags with the Hill Road logo on it.

Luke Murray, who is heading up the bag campaign for Greener Footprints, said: "We are trying to make the whole of Clevedon plastic-bag free. Some traders in Hill Road have already agreed to it.

"Once that's up and running we want to approach the shops in the Triangle and the town centre as well the supermarkets.

"We will be offering paper bags as well as reusable cotton bags. We want to encourage people to bring their own bags and I think more people will if they are readily available."

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