Frampton Cotterell joins the war on plastic

October 30 2019
Frampton Cotterell joins the war on plastic

A NEW group has been set up to help Frampton Cotterell cut back on the daily use of plastic.

Plastic Free Frampton Cotterell is bringing people together to make change at a local level so the village can play its part in reducing global plastic waste.

It has short-term aim of installing segregated recycling bins in the village, and a long-term aim of reducing the amount of waste going into local rivers and on to the sea.

The group is suggesting people start small, by swapping one plastic item at a time for a non-plastic one, so they don’t find it overwhelming.

Examples include swapping shampoo and conditioner in bottles for shampoo and conditioner bars, using toothpaste tablets and beeswax wraps instead of cling film.

Members of the group are also planning to talk to local businesses to encourage them to come up with three ways of reducing plastic usage.

Jane Crane and Rebecca Bailey-Price who are joint chairs, and Daisy Finniear, who is group secretary and on the parish council, were all inspired to act after watching the TV programmes Drowning in Plastic and the acclaimed Blue Planet II episode on the effect of plastic pollution on the sea.

Their first action was to sign up to a campaign for Plastic Free Communities run by grass-roots marine environment group Surfers Against Sewage.

Rebecca, who works at the Plastic Free Shop in Bristol, said: “Some people are confused by the connection between Frampton Cotterell and Surfers but whatever we can stop getting into the drains and beautiful rivers around inland villages will stop it entering the sea at the coasts.”

Getting Frampton Cotterell Parish Council on board was one of their key aims.

Tristan Clark, from the parish council, said: “The council share their commitment to making Frampton Cotterell a Plastic Free community. It is vitally important to protect our environment for future generations and we'll strive to achieve that goal through promoting manageable changes to our daily lives."

At their well-attended first event in October, Nicola Hunt, a member of the waste management team at South Gloucestershire Council, spoke about materials which cannot currently be recycled, such as black plastic and polystyrene.

Resident Stephen Newell, who is a new member, said: “It is so good to meet with like-minded people who want to try to reduce our use of plastic, particularly single-use plastic. Different ages and backgrounds but a common enemy: rubbish that never decomposes."

People who want to get involved can choose to reduce their own use of plastic and follow the group on its Facebook page, Plastic Free Frampton Cotterell.

Its next planned event was a clean-up at Park Farm Playground on October 30 at 10am, working with Frampton Cotterell Village Action.

Different groups were due to collect litter from as many streets as possible, then look at what has been collected, with information on plastics fed back to the parish council and South Gloucestershire Council to help them to develop future initiatives on plastic reduction.