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Event calls for ‘plastic-less planet’

Published Tuesday 19 June 2018

People across the Harborough district are joining forces in a bid to stop our “earth and oceans filling up with plastic.”

Neil Bannister addresses audience

On Saturday 16 June 2018, an event organised by Churches Together, and held at the Methodist Church Centre in Market Harborough, saw the public put their questions to a panel including politicians, supermarket representatives, specialists and businesses, about what can be done to reduce the amount of plastic being used locally, nationally and globally.

The event also featured a talk from Professor Colin Waters – a specialist in waste pollution from the University of Leicester.

Cllr Neil Bannister, Leader of Harborough District Council, who was among the panel members, said: “This was a hugely worthwhile event and a step in the right direction. Whilst, as a council, we excel at recycling plastics through our trade and domestic bin collections, we are committed to working with others to help reduce the world’s dependence on single-use plastic.”

Data suggests an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in oceans across the world each year – a truck load of rubbish a minute.

More than half of all household waste collected by Harborough District Council is recycled and diverted away from landfill sites.

Photo of Councillor Neil Bannister courtesy of John Ball