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Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution
Posted : January 12, 2018

Litter Free Coast and Sea welcomes the news from the government who have pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042 and sees this as a step in the right direction.

Litter Free Coast and Sea have been working along the Dorset coast with communities, individuals and businesses to reduce the amount of litter, often from plastic, that often ends up in the sea or on the beautiful Dorset beaches.

Matilda Manley, Litter Free Coast and Sea coordinator said “It’s an ongoing problem in Dorset and we are working with many others to try and coordinate action to stop litter reaching our coast. A campaign we are working on to highlight this issue is part of our Coastal Community Funded project working with local food and drink kiosks in Bournemouth, West Bay, Weymouth and Lyme Regis to find alternative solutions to plastic food packaging”.

Our sister project Litter Free Dorset is also helping to address the problem throughout the whole of Dorset launching a roadside litter campaign as so much plastic packaging is ending up on the roadside verges.

Craig Bowden from Litter Free Coast and Sea said, “There are many small steps that we can take to reduce our own plastic use.  Our recent Last Straw campaign asked people to ditch plastic straws as they are one of the most common single use plastic items found in their regular beach clean events.  Swapping to paper or reusable straws is easy and we hope businesses and the public along the coast will do just that”.

With plastic pollution now being recognised more widely as a problem, most notably highlighted in David Attenborough’s recent TV series Blue Planet II, the hope is that more people will get involved in the campaign against plastic waste. Litter Free Coast and Sea currently have many ways that you can get involved.

If you would like more information,  would like to find your closest 2 Minute Beach Clean station (of which there are 20 along the whole Dorset coast), or places where you can fill up your reusable water bottle for free, all this information and more can be found at Litter Free Coast and Sea’s website – www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk

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