Town starts plastic free status process

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Newbiggin by the Sea has taken the first step in the process to get plastic free coastline status from a marine conservation charity.

And following the decision by the town council to support the Surfers Against Sewage project, a public meeting is taking place on Tuesday at the Breakwater Café in the Newbiggin Maritime Centre from 7pm.

The local authority has committed to plastic free alternatives, support initiatives within the town and not to use single use plastic straws, carrier bags, cups or other such items within its premises.

To receive the award, the criteria includes a certain number of businesses agreeing to replace some items with suitable sustainable alternatives, engagement with community groups, organisations and schools and two relevant community events must be held each year.

Council chairman and Mayor, Malcolm Peden, said: “Single use plastic is a serious problem across the planet.

“It would be excellent if we can all pull together to do what we can in Newbiggin to improve things for the future.”

A two-minute beach clean board is put out every day by the Newbiggin Maritime Centre to encourage residents to look after their community. Picking equipment is provided by the centre.