Following the achievement of Plastic Free Communities accreditation, we want to make sure we set some challenging targets to keep reducing single use plastic in Mold.
In consultation with the local community – and building on what we achieved in 2019 – we have developed the following targets for 2020:
BUSINESS – The initial target was to sign up six independent, locally owned businesses that had eliminated three types of single-use plastic and were planning to tackle more. By May 2020 we had signed up eight businesses. To build on this we aim to double the number of business champions in the next year.
We also want to reach as many people as possible, so have set an additional target to influence over 150 employees working for business champions.
COMMUNITY – The Plastic Free Communities target was to engage with a diverse range of community organisations including schools, community organisations and local events, to reduce their single use plastic and spread the word about the problem with plastic. Some great work has been done by our Community Champions, including the Daniel Owen Centre Community Cafe, Parkfields Community Centre, Outside Lives and Theatr Clwyd.
In 2020, we want to spread the word and sign up more community groups to be plastic reduction champions and sign up to The Plastic Pledge.
SCHOOLS – Three Mold schools – Ysgol Bryn Gwalia, Ysgol Bryn Coch and Mold Alun – have signed up to the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Schools campaign.
Schools in surrounding villages have signed up too, including Nercwys, Sychdyn and Licswm Primary Schools.
The Plastic Free Schools programme provides tools and resources which hit national curriculum targets and aim to equip young people to create positive, lasting environmental change.
For 2020 we want to keep championing plastic reduction at our schools and encourage more to join the campaign.
EVENTS – In 2019 we were involved in all sorts of events including two food festivals, two litter picks, three mass unwraps, Mold Carnival, the Festive Market, making Rags into Bags and supporting a monthly Repair Café.
With the restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are currently fewer opportunities for participating in community events.
However, when it’s safe to do so, we’ll be back out there spreading the word and taking action on problem plastics.
Our first target will be to support Mold Spring Clean and audit single use plastic collected during the event.
If you want to work with us to help us meet these targets and to set more ambitious goals, please send us an email or follow us on social media.