5 ways YOU can reduce plastic waste in North Somerset to help Cleaner Coastlines campaign

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 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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About eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year - the same weight as 40,000 blue whales - but we can all do something to make a difference. Here are 5 things all of us can do to build a cleaner coastline in North Somerset.

Our Cleaner Coastlines campaign launches this week.Our Cleaner Coastlines campaign launches this week.

While so much rubbish is killing marine life and littering the sea floor, the problem can seem impossible to solve. Yet there are actions everyone can take which can make a difference.

Our Cleaner Coastlines campaign, run in conjunction with North Somerset Council, aims to reduce the amount of plastic litter ending up in the sea.

We want the North Somerset to receive Plastic-Free Coastline status from Surfers Against Sewage, a grassroots movement dedicated to preventing our beaches ending up as a plastic wasteland.

To become a plastic-free coastline, businesses and community groups are invited to reduce the number of single-use plastic items they issue, such as carrier bags, straws and takeaway containers.

But every one of us can do something to reduce North Somerset’s plastic pollution.

A Surfers Against Sewage spokesman said: “Change needs to start at the individual level within our communities and so everyone can get involved with this project and help to make a difference, even if this is through something so simple as refusing to have a plastic straw in their drink when out and about.”

1) Say no to disposable straws and cutlery.

If you do a beach clean, you will be astonished about how many of these have made their way to the sand. Both harm marine life, and are usually unnecessary. Say ‘no’ to a plastic straw when you are offered one in a bar – and if you get the chance, explain why. You never know, they may get rid of them altogether.

2) Take your own shopping bag.

This will save you money in the long-run, now it costs 5p a bag. The use of plastic bags has dropped by 85 per cent since the tax came in.

3) Carry a reusable water bottle.

Most plastic bottles are not recycled and so are ending up on landfill and in the sea. Some businesses will offer to fill your bottle for free, meaning a one-off investment will save you money.

4) Take your own cup.

Some coffee houses offer discounts to people who take their own refillable cup – so you are helping the environment and your bank account.

5) Skip plastic produce bags.

You could make your own netting bags to the supermarket, or simply carry items without a bag at all.

Do you run a business in North Somerset? Here are 5 ways your business can help our campaign.

Get involved in the conversation by logging onto Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset plastic-free coastline campaign on Facebook,

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