We have been very grateful to Bradford on Avon Town Council for their support. They passed the following resolution early in our campaign:
“Bradford on Avon Town Council whole-heartedly supports an application for the town to be awarded Plastic-Free Community status under the Surfers Against Sewage scheme and will work with a steering group to achieve this aim. The Council commits to phasing out all single-use plastic on its premises, including by its suppliers for catering and events.”
On hearing that we have achieved the accreditation in April 2019, Mayor Alex Kay commented:
“I am absolutely delighted that Bradford on Avon has been awarded this accreditation, so soon after the Town Council voted unanimously to support this. I know it is only the beginning of the journey, but we can all be proud of our whole community who has worked towards it, especially the Steering Group, and the many businesses who have embraced the ethos of eliminating single-use plastic. Really well done, everyone!”
The Plastic Free Communities Initiative also requires the Town Council to:
- lead by example to remove single-use plastic items from their premises.
- encourage plastic-free initiatives, promoting the campaign and supporting events.
Local councils are in a unique position to lead change within local areas. They act as consumers, using single-use plastics in canteens, meetings, and during daily business. They are influencers, having direct access to the running of local schools, businesses and community organisations. And finally they work as a political body, often with cross-party members, and by showing unity on an action can install confidence and determination to succeed.
To find out more about the campaign, download the Plastic-Free-Communities-Toolkit.