Exmouth could become single-use plastics 'no-go'

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 March 2018

Plastic bottles regularly end up in the sea.

Plastic bottles regularly end up in the sea.

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Exmouth should become a single-use plastics no-go zone according to eco-campaigners and councillors.

Plastic bottle on Weston Beach.Plastic bottle on Weston Beach.

At the annual town meeting, Exmouth resident Ann Membury raised concerns about the impact of impending temporary attractions on the amount of plastic waste in the town.

One of the zones proposed for the Queens Drive site is for a food and drink area with a number of pop-up food outlets, possibly in connection with Taste of the West.

She told councillors that she had become a member of Surfers Against Sewage and Devon Wildlife Trust – both organisations have been running campaigns to reduce single-use plastics.

Mrs Membury said pop-up food outlets could increase the amount of plastic waste on Exmouth’s beach.

She added: “We must work to reduce the amount of plastic we have been generating in Exmouth, particularly around out coastline.”

District and town councillor Mark Williamson pointed out that the council has recommended that any pop-up outlet users are encouraged to not use single-use plastic packaging.

He also used the example of the proposed Orcombe Point café as an example of how the council can help to reduce single-use plastics in Exmouth.

He said: “When we write the tender for that café, we can require them not to use single-use plastics.

“We can actually do that – this is the power we have.

“We all agree as a council that we have got to do everything we can to make Exmouth a single-use plastic no-go.”

Green Party town councillor Robert Masding also responded to Mrs Membury’s concerns and said that he has asked for an agenda item at the next town council meeting.

The East Devon Green Party has organised a petition, signed by Exmouth residents, against single-use plastics.

Speaking prior to the meeting, Cllr Masding said: “Lots of people wanted to sign the petition in the short period of time we were in the town centre.

“This is a symptom of a wider concern: people want a world fit for the future, not a planet polluted by plastic and greenhouse gases.

“Thank you to all the members of the public who supported our petition.”

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