Initiative Launched To Achieve "Plastic Free" Status In Scilly

Image courtesy of Plastic Free Scilly. 

Image courtesy of Plastic Free Scilly. 

It was announced this week that the Isles of Scilly is aiming for "Plastic Free" status after a successful initiative in Cornwall.

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust Team have joined forces with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and are supporting and promoting Plastic Free Coastlines (PFC); and are encouraging residents of, and visitors to, the Island community to do the same.

The initiative has proved successful in Penzance and the town was recently awarded Plastic Free Coastline status becoming the first place in the UK to receive the recognition.

There are 5 objectives which the islands need to achieve to receive the status and the good news is that some of the the work the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust have done this year such as beachcleans, educational programmes and activities count towards completing the objectives. 

Nikki Banfield, Communications Officer for the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has taken on the role as Community leader for the initiative on top of her position with the Wildlife Trust. 

The subject of plastic washing up on our beaches and being found in our water came up last week during our weekly update from the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust after the University of Exeter published some research on the amount of plastic washing up on Cornish coastlines.

You can hear an extract from our weekly update on this matter and what the Isles of Scilly Wildlife trust are already doing about this below. We'll have more on this initiative on Monday's update from the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.