A new code of conduct to help businesses, community organisations and individuals cut down on single use plastics has been launched by partners in Plymouth.
The Plan for Plastics Code of Conduct was launched jointly by members of the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce and Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s City Conversations event. It follows the news last month that Plymouth is the largest UK city to be awarded Plastic Free City status by Surfers Against Sewage.
The Code gives lots of handy hints and tips such as encouraging the use of reusable cups, making sure events are eco-friendly by using recyclable materials including cups, plates and cutlery, and thinking about packaging when ordering supplies.
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene for Plymouth City Council, said: “We’re really pleased to launch the new Code of Conduct jointly with Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.
“As a city we’re committed to doing all we can to reduce single use plastics and tackling plastic pollution and to do this we need everyone’s support. So the Code is really about making it as easy as possible for businesses, community organisations and individuals to take part. We can all do our bit for people, Plymouth and planet.”
Stuart Elford, Devon and Plymouth Chamber’s Chief Executive, said: “Devon and Plymouth Chamber is delighted to support The Plan for Plastics Code of Conduct and launch the initiative to business leaders at our City Conversations event. Protecting our natural resources is important for everyone and businesses need to play their part. This code will help organisations to do their bit with handy hints and tips. The Chamber will encourage all our members to sign up to the code, which is even more important as Britain’s Ocean City approaches the Mayflower 400 year and bids to be the first National Marine Park.”
Jackie Young from Environment Plymouth said: “Taking action on single-use plastics is so easy. Everyone can do it so there’s no excuse. Our Plastic Free Business Pioneers have eliminated everything from coffee cups and straws to packaging. They’ve listened to us and to their clients who are increasingly asking about plastic-free options. It’s great for meeting environmental and CSR targets and, after the initial adjustments, can even prove cost effective. What’s not to like?”
Since the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plan for Plastics was launched in June 2018:
- 264 schools, community groups, families and individuals have signed up to be Plastic Free Community Ambassadors and 102 local businesses have signed up to be Plastic Free Pioneers as part of the work led by Environment Plymouth.
- 100 campaigners have taken part in awareness raising ‘plastic surgery’ workshops
- 800 volunteers took part in 160 litter picks with local community group Clean Our Patch, and collected 4,000 bags of litter.
- 748 volunteers have taken part in beach cleans with Plymouth Beach Clean Volunteers and collected 261 bags of rubbish and 5,000 ‘nurdles’ (small plastic pellets used in a number of products)
- CATERed who provide school meals for 67 of Plymouth’s secondary schools have removed 8,000 plastic straws, removed disposable plastic packaging and moved over to biodegradable
- A Sea Bin has been installed by Plymouth City Council at Queen Anne’s Battery as part of a pilot project to monitor plastic pollution with the University of Plymouth
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