Students from the Bangor University Biological Society have teamed-up with a leading environmental group Surfers Against Sewage and are aiming to make the city ‘plastic free’ as part of the national Plastic Free Coastlines project.
The campaign, led by Harry Riley a third-year student at Bangor University, aims to convince businesses and members of the public to stop using certain types of single-use plastics.
Explaining the importance of the project, Mr Riley said: “Plastic pollution is a huge environmental problem that threatens marine life and other animals around the globe.”
At Gwynedd Council, Councillor Elin Walker Jones from Bangor will be asking for the Council’s support to call on the Welsh Government to take action urgently to act on single use plastics in Wales and consider raising a tax on all plastics to help ensure we live in a healthy and prosperous environment.
Elin Walker Jones said: “As a Plaid Cymru Councillor, I take pride in the fact that we are acting innovatively in Wales and led the way in charging for single use carrier bags before any other country in the United Kingdom. This led to a 71% reduction in the use of plastic bags within the first three years of the plan.”
This campaign was inspired by Bangor University lecturer Dr Christian Dunn’s very successful ‘Straw Free Chester Campaign’ which gained national TV coverage and comment from Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment.
Dr Dunn said: “By working with Surfers Against Sewage on this, Harry and his team could be really making a difference and I’m delighted to be supporting them. I’m currently trying to make Chester a plastic free city, along the same lines, so it’s good to have some friendly rivalry to see who can achieve it first!”
Plastic Free Bangor will be present at the Bangor Science Festival Hidden Worlds Exhibition on Saturday 10th March 10am-4pm. You can also find them on Twitter @plasticbangor and on Facebook @plasticfreebangor