Plastics Taskforce Group meeting update March 2019


Partners in Plymouth are continuing to work hard to tackle plastics pollution and reduce single use plastics in the city.

The Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce held its quarterly meeting on 19 March 2019. At the meeting, the Taskforce heard updates from all of the theme leads:

AVOID – A Plastic free schools event is being held on 28 March led by Environment Plymouth as part of our bid for Plastic Free City status – Plymouth achieved Plastic Free Communities status in June 2018 and is working towards Plastic Free City status, and for this, we need at least 33 schools signed up to going single use plastic free. For more information email info@environmentplymouth.org
CONNECT – the Polar Bear  Explorer Trail was managed by the PWP  with the NMA as Campaign Partners.  The project has been a great success with many families and visitors following the trail and learning more about our Ocean, plastics and polar bears! Linked to the Trail is a life-size sculpture of a polar bear who has been made completely from willow and recycled plastic. His name is Norris and he will be living at the NMA for the next 12 months so why not pop in and meet him as well as all the rich and varied sea life there. Find out more here.
RECYCLE – the Great British Spring Clean has been launched by PCC, Environment Plymouth, Clean Our Patch and Plymouth Beach Clean volunteers – more information here
INNOVATE – Plans for a Sea Bin and water refill points were recently announced, the Council is working jointly with Queen Anne’s Battery and University of Plymouth on a Sea Bin trial and with South West Water to bring in three water refill points by the summer.

More information about the Plastics Taskforce and the Plan for Plastics is available here: www.plymouth.gov.uk/plastics