The Britain’s Ocean City: Plymouth's Plan for Plastics has been launched, detailing our broader commitment as a city to reducing single use plastics in Plymouth. It is one of Plymouth City Council’s pledges, along with trialling the use of a new sea-bin to collect plastics and other solid materials directly from the sea. The Plan was initally launched on Friday 8 June 2018, and since then has been updated and re-launched on Tuesday 14 July 2020.
The delivery of the Plan for Plastics will be driven, monitored and supported by the Britain’s Ocean City: Plastics Task Force, with representatives from the public, private, voluntary and academic sectors.
Plastics Code of Conduct
A new code of conduct to help businesses, community organisations and individuals cut down on single use plastics was launched in July 2019 by partners in Plymouth.
The Plan for Plastics Code of Conduct was launched jointly by members of the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce and Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s City Conversations event.
The Code gives lots of handy hints and tips such as encouraging the use of reusable cups, making sure events are eco-friendly by using recyclable materials including cups, plates and cutlery, and thinking about packaging when ordering supplies.
Partners involved in the Britain’s Ocean City: Plastics Task Force
This is such an important issue that no single organisation can do this alone. Partners from a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations have joined together to have maximum impact through the Britain’s Ocean City: Plastics Task Force. This group and links to their respective pages includes:
- The Chamber of Commerce
- Destination Plymouth
- Environment Agency
- Environment Plymouth
- Marine Biological Association
- National Marine Aquarium
- National Trust
- Ocean Conservation Trust
- Pennon Group
- Plymouth City Council
- Plymouth Community Homes
- Plymouth Marine Laboratory
- Plymouth Waterfront Partnership
- Preventing Plastic Pollution Project (EU Interreg)
- South West Water
- University of Plymouth
Week of Action on Plastics
A week of action on plastics took place from Friday 1 June to Friday 8 June 2018 including an International Marine Park Conference, the launch of our Plan for Plastics and a number of smaller events including litter picks, beach cleans and a paddle for plastics. You can watch this short video to see highlights from the week of action.
The high profile week of activities was just the start of the city’s commitment to tackling the scourge of plastic waste and finding a more sustainable future. Keep up to date with all the latest developments on tackling plastic in Plymouth by searching #PlasticsPledgePlym on social media.