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Cornish charity urges shoppers to leave plastic at the tills

Cornish charity urges shoppers to leave plastic at the tills

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:30am 9th March 2019.

A Cornish charity is urging people to leave their plastic at the till... with a nation-wide mass unwrap.

St Agnes based Surfers Against Sewage has organised a series of events in supermarkets across the UK to call for action to tackle wasteful and avoidable single-use plastic.

Stores have been taking part across the past few weeks, including shops in Carbis Bay and Penzance.

The Mass Unwrap event involves people across the country leaving their excess plastic waste at the till, instead of taking it home.

"Supermarkets are putting 112 thousand pieces of plastic in to our environment every minute and much of this is avoidable single-use plastic.

"Wherever you live, whether you're on shore or inland, urban or rural, high-tide or high-rise, you can join the fight against single-use plastics.

"It's not about removing all plastic from our lives. It's about kicking our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and changing the system that produces it."

Rachel Yates Plastic Free Communities Project Officer at SAS

plastic bottles

The charity says that big brands are accountable for a disproportionately large amount of plastic pollution, placing vast quantities of avoidable and pointless single-use plastic on the market without a system in place to capture and reuse material.

It warns that under current systems, the vast burden of all this plastic is put onto consumers, tax payers, and ultimately the environment, while businesses contribute just 10% of the end-of-life disposal costs of their product and packaging.

Surfers Against Sewage is calling for supermarkets to be part of the solution and calls for them to:

  1. Cut out avoidable single-use plastic and redesign packaging Use recycled content & stop using virgin plastic
  2. Take responsibility and invest in proven systems technology such as an 'all in' deposit return schemes for drinks containers.

The Mass Unwrap is part of Surfers Against Sewage's award winning Plastic Free Communities campaign to free where we live from avoidable single-use plastic, which is now active in more than 400 communities across the UK.

supermarket food

Surfers Against Sewage is calling on shoppers to join an organised Mass Unwrap, do their weekly food shop, remove any plastic from produce and hand it back to the supermarket, sending a message that they must stop creating a mountain of plastic waste.

During the event all pieces of wasteful plastic will be counted and the evidence shared back with businesses and government.

All locations have been chosen by Community Leaders, so far we have registered events being held at the following locations:

  • Waitrose, Beaumaris, Anglesey 10am - 12pm, Sunday 3rd March
  • Tesco, Carbis Bay, Cornwall 10am - midday, Sunday 3rd
  • Morrisons, Totnes 10am - 1pm, Sunday 3rd March
  • Little Waitrose, West Hampstead 2pm - 4pm, Sunday 3rd March
  • Co-Op, Bingley 1.30 - 3.30pm, Saturday 9th March
  • Waitrose, Crouch End, London 9.30am - 11.30am, Saturday 9th March
  • Lidl, Crowthorne 10am - 12pm, Saturday 9th March
  • Co-Op Crowthorne 10am - 12pm, Saturday 9th March
  • Tesco, Formby 1pm - 3pm, Saturday 9th March
  • Tesco Express Mortimer 10am - 12pm, Saturday 9th March
  • Sainsbury's, Ladbroke Grove, 11am - 2pm, Saturday 9th March
  • Morrisons, Long Rock, Penzance 11am - 1pm, Saturday 9th March
  • Tesco, Branwell Lane, Penzance 11am - 1pm, Saturday 9th March
  • Morrisons, Abergvenny 12 - 2pm, Sunday 10th March
  • Budgens, Mortimer 11am - 1pm, Sunday 10th March
  • Sainsbury's, Ferndown 10am - 12pm, Sunday 10th March
  • Co-Op Food, Bolton Bridge Rd, Ilkley **WAITING ON TIME**

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