Seaford Gets Plastic Free Status!

Seaford Town Council was pleased to hear the news that Seaford has achieved a plastic free status, thanks to local resident Claire Sumners and Plastic Free Seaford for their hard work. Seaford Town council has been pleased to play its part for example plastic Free status at The View at Seaford Head.  

We would like to pass on the article below from Plastic Free Communities:

Seaford is Awarded Plastic Free CommunitiesStatus as it Takes Action on Single-Use Plastic.

Seaford has joined a network of communities across the UK who are leading the way to tackle throw- away plastic at source. The town has been awarded Plastic Free Community status by marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), in recognition of the work it has done to start reducing the impact of single-use plastic on the environment.

Local resident Claire Sumners started the campaign in March 2018 after running beach cleans.  Claire saw that the community were interested in how to clean up their local beach and how they could learn to stop using and buying single use plastic and disposables.

Registering with the SAS Plastic Free Communities movement, Claire pulled together key organisations and businesses in the town to put in place a five-point plan. The objectives include: setting up a community led steering group; instigating the SAS Plastic Free Schools education programme; getting local council commitment and working with local businesses, organisations and community groups to spread the word and minimise the amount of disposable plastics they use.

Claire said – “The campaign grew to a stage where I felt I needed help to run it and lucky for me I have the help of Fran Chorlton and Caroline Bond to continue enthusing and advising our community to make a commitment to change. Seaford is listening to us and we have a reputation now of being the plastic free ladies!

Seaford is full of independent shops and they have been instrumental in getting our message heard. One shop, Scoop and Weigh, has extended their range of bulk foods to buy loose in your own containers. The owner listened to what we wanted to see and put it in place. We are thrilled at this because it encourages residents to shop differently, for the planet.  

All of the local Schools took part in a ‘Plastic Free Week’ in May 2019.  This was important to us because we wanted to help schools get the message to students that single-use plastic needs to be given the boot. Subsequently we have had a massive increase in young children and their families attending beach cleans.