The Plastic Free North Devon consortium was set up in April 2018 to combat the global problem of plastic pollution through local action. The consortium consists of representatives from a number of charities, voluntary groups and organisations:
- Barnstaple Town Council
- Barnstaple and District Chamber of Commerce
- Devon County Council
- Ilfracombe Town Council
- Keep Britain Tidy
- National Trust
- North Devon Coast AONB
- North Devon Council
- North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve
- Plastic Free North Devon
- PETROC College of Further and Higher Education
- South Molton Town Council
- Torridge District Council
- 2 Minute Beach Clean
- Westward Ho! Business Association
In January 2019 the group agreed the Plastic Free Northern Devon Consortium strategy (PDF 1150KB), which will work across four key areas – communities, tourism, farming and fishing, and other businesses – with the aim of making the biggest and most immediate impacts on the plastic problem in our area.
The consortium’s strategy includes an action plan, which has a number of aims:
- increase education about the impact of plastic waste
- reduce plastic consumption
- remove plastic that has entered the natural environment
- recycle or dispose of used plastic appropriately
- deliver projects to ensure their message is reaching the people and businesses of northern Devon
The action plan focuses not only on the shoreline, but also on the problem of plastics in the rural inland areas.
For more information on how you can reduce your consumption of single-use plastics and to find out about local events, follow Plastic Free North Devon’s Facebook page.
North Devon Visualisation Survey – ‘the New Normal’ Summer 2020 – The aim of this regional public survey was to capture the public’s values and any behavioural changes they intend to make after the first COVID-19 lockdown in Spring 2020. This snapshot survey could provide local organisations with a baseline of aspirations and experiences to help shape the places where we live, in a ‘new normal’.