Today is ‘Ocean Plastics Awareness Day’
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be taking part in the event on Fistral Beach, Newquay.
“The Ocean Plastics Awareness Day offers NGOs, academia, local and national government and industry an opportunity to commit to exploring and delivering pilot circular economy projects that will prevent the flow of plastics to local beaches and reuse plastic waste removed by local cleansing activities.”
Cornwall has some of the most beautiful beaches and countryside in the UK. However, all too often they are blighted by litter. Signatories will support, explore and develop innovative circular economy pilot projects including:
* Reduction of Single Use Bottles: Increasing the number of accessible water fountains, for example at beaches, other tourist spots and university campuses, supported by additional voluntary action by café owners to give a discount to customers bringing their own reusable drinks containers. Other measures would be to improve plastic bottle recycling schemes in these locations, including introducing deposit return schemes and provide access to free re-useable drinks bottles.
* Fishing Net Collection & Recycling: The implementation of further innovative fishing net collection and recycling schemes to produce high quality, fully recyclable products such as carpet tiles and skateboards. Ocean Plastic Awareness Day:
* Plastic Product Innovation: Working with industry to close the loop on plastic marine litter by developing and delivering innovative collaborations to reuse (marine) plastic waste as part of useful, durable and recyclable products from clothing to car parts.
Signatories: Surfers Against Sewage, The Marine Conservation Society, Clean Cornwall, Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Cornwall’s Fisheries Local Action Group, Plymouth University, Plymouth University – Marine Institute, Plymouth University – Sustainability & Surfing Group, Newquay Junior Academy Finisterre, Keep Britain Tidy, Riz Boardshorts, The UK Deposit Alliance, World Animal Protection, Interface, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Divers Against Debris, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary and The Zoological Society of London.
Read the letter of intent and next actions here.