A New Year’s call-to-arms to achieve accreditation

Plastic Free Chesterfield have started the New Year having last year secured major supporting partners in the form of Chesterfield Borough Council, Destination Chesterfield and Derbyshire Voluntary Action, along with a positive recommendation from local MP Toby Perkins.

We are now inviting members of the public, businesses, education establishments and voluntary & community organisations to join a public meeting to find out how to get involved in the campaign, so as to help Chesterfield achieve an accreditation of ‘Plastic Free Community’, awarded by the national charity, Surfers Against Sewage. Chesterfield is just one of over 700 communities across the country working to take action and reduce single-use plastics in their communities. To achieve accreditation, communities must pass five objectives.

Greg Hewitt, Plastic Free Chesterfield Community Lead says the group, which has been running for a year and half, is incredibly near to achieving accreditation. He said: “We are really hoping that despite the pandemic, 2021 will be the year we finally reach Plastic Free Community status for Chesterfield. We only need a handful more schools, businesses and community organisations to sign up to the campaign. We now call on the whole Chesterfield community to join Chesterfield Borough Council, Destination Chesterfield and Derbyshire Voluntary Action and get behind the campaign.”

Greg continued: “With single-use plastics and plastic pollution occurring all over the world, trying to tackle the issue can sometimes feel too large to address. However by coming together as a community in Chesterfield, we can do our bit and inspire other communities to do the same.”

The public meeting is being held on Wednesday 20th January, 7pm, via Zoom, with registration via this link.

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