Can you help Clevedon earn plastic free status?

PUBLISHED: 16:21 11 June 2019

Community Leader Kerry Shearan is urging people to join the fight against single-use plastic.

Community Leader Kerry Shearan is urging people to join the fight against single-use plastic.

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An initiative to earn Clevedon plastic-free status has been set up.

Plastic Free Clevedon has been launched in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) in a bid to secure the seaside town Plastic Free Community status.

It is the brainchild of Kerry Sheahan who has spent the past 18 months working to reduce her own plastic footprint.

She said: "I found it really overwhelming and didn't know where to start or how to tackle it.

"It took me 18 months but I did one thing at a time. I would choose just one item and break it up into manageable sections.

"I looked to see if there was anyone doing anything like it in Clevedon and came across the Surfers Against Sewage initiative and, when I looked, there was no-one doing it here.

"I found out a bit more about it and became the community leader for Clevedon and, as part of that, set up Plastic Free Clevedon. It is part of the national network of communities to eliminate single use plastic."

To earn Clevedon the coveted status, Kerry and her volunteers must complete five objectives.

They must earn the backing of the local council, encourage 12 businesses to remove three single-use plastics and work with schools and other community groups to do the same or join the discussion.

Kerry added: "The fourth objective is to host a number of plastic-free events in the next 12 months. We plan to do two beach or community cleans and have to hold a fundraising event for Surfers Against Sewage.

"We will also need to hold a mass unwrap event - when we work with a supermarket to ask customers to take off any unnecessary single-use plastics from their purchases for one day.

"We take a note of how much plastic we collect and feed that information back to the SAS."

With already securing backing from three firms and recruiting members for a steering group, the group is on its way.

Kerry said: "The biggest challenges are the same for everyone. It can seem quite overwhelming when you start but I hope we'll build a sense of community. We want to overcome that overwhelming feeling and make people empowered to ditch single-use plastics."

To join the fight, find Plastic Free Clevedon on Facebook.

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