The media have many stories about how individuals and communities up and down the country are trying to reduce their use of plastic materials because of the huge amount of damage plastic is doing to the planet. Supermarkets are also starting to consider how they can reduce their use of plastics.
In the 1990s a group of surfers in Cornwall got together and formed SAS: Surfers Against Sewage to clean up the beaches. Recently they launched a project called Plastic Free Coastlines, which has been adopted by inland communities as well. They have developed a Plastic Free Community Toolkit to help reduce the use of plastics, especially single use plastics including plastic bottles, cups and bags.
It is amazing how much our daily lives involve plastics! Let’s face it, they are incredibly useful materials; yet we cannot keep using them in harmful ways as we are doing.
The Royston Environmental Group is keen that we do all we can to help reduce the plastic problem and would love to see Royston achieve the ‘`Plastic Free’ status offered by SAS. Letchworth and many other towns nationwide and often much larger than ours, have already achieved Plastic Free status and we hope to make Royston a Plastic Free community by the end of 2021.
If you are a local business (not part of a national chain or franchise) you can apply to become one of the Town’s Business Plastic Free Champions.
This does not mean 100% plastic free - which would not be possible anytime soon - but we can make big reductions in the amount that we consume. To apply simply complete sections A and B below.
If you are a community based group you can become one of our Allies and similarly make a real contribution to obtaining Royston’s Plastic Free status.
For example, you could represent a school, club, assembly hall or social club or a local media outlet. If you are interested in helping reduce your plastic consumption, you can apply to become one of our Allies by completing sections A and C below.
You can use this form to apply to become a Plastic Free Champion or an Ally. Simply complete the appropriate sections.
All applicants should complete this section.
Complete this section if you are a local business and wish to become a Plastic Free Champion - Skip section C.
Complete this section if you are a local organisation or community group and wish to become a Plastic Free Ally - Skip section B