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The latest Cornwall towns to go 'plastic free'

The latest Cornwall towns to go 'plastic free'

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:19pm 9th March 2018. (Updated at 8:37am 10th March 2018)

Two more Cornwall towns have joined the list to become plastic free.

Falmouth and Penryn are the latest to have landed the impressive status by Cornwall-based environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage.

It is part of their Plastic Free Communities programme, in which they hope to establish 125 Plastic Free Communities by 2020 by combining community action, education and political lobbying to tackle single use plastics in our environment.

And towns which land the status have followed certain guidelines to make it.

Penzance was the first one in the UK to be given the acclaimed title, working hard to raise awareness about the impact of pollution on our coastline.

Members were campaigning for Penzance to get the status to demonstrate the community's commitment to improving the environment.

They hope it will boost the town’s economy by supporting local businesses and encouraging people to use them.

Now Plastic Free Falmouth is hoping for a similar outcome.

A spokesperson for Platic Free Falmouth said: "It is with huge excitement that we can officially announce that Falmouth and Penryn has been awarded Plastic Free coastline status by Surfers Against Sewage!

"On Monday night the PFF team presented to Falmouth Town Council, who unanimously voted to support plastic free initiatives in our town.

"As this was the final tick on our giant objective spreadsheet, we could officially submit our evidence!

"We would like to thank everyone in our community for fully embracing and being passionate about this campaign locally- all the businesses, all the schools and groups, all the volunteers that have signed up refill points and cleaned beaches.

"We would also like to thank the local press for their ongoing support along with the varied members of the Town council that have given us time, advice and contacts to enable this campaign to be a success.

"It has been an honour and privilege to work as part of such a dedicated and passionate group of local individuals."

Campaigners say it doesn't stop there though - and that this is just the beginning of work to help the towns become even more efficient at avoiding plastic and hosting local beach cleans.

They continued: "This Campaign doesn’t stop here- Plastic Free Falmouth will still be actively campaigning alongside our sister Falmouth Marine Conservation , to reduce our reliance on plastic locally, sign up businesses, run beach and town cleans, do outreach work, work with the Town council on Events and take the Plastic Free campaign forward, along with the other Cornish PF towns, to work towards a plastic free Cornwall.

"There are lots of fantastic things still to come from this community, so thank you in advance for your continued support."

Perranporth also landed the status earlier this year, making Falmouth and Penryn the third locations in Cornwall to go officially plastic free.

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