ENVIRONMENT MINISTER PRAISES ABER’S PLASTIC-FREE INITIATIVE

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Cambrian News photographer - Pictured are: Chris Woodfield and Richard Steele of Surfers Against Sewage and Plastic Free Aberystwyth; Aberystwyth Town Council clerk Gweneira Raw-Rees; Hannah Blythyn AM; and Cllr Alun Williams

Welsh Government environment minister Hannah Blythyn met some of the team behind the Plastic Free Aberystwyth initiative during a visit to the town.

Cambrian News reported “She spoke with the co-ordinator of the Plastic Free Aberystwyth group, Chris Woodfield, and congratulated him on his Pedal Against Plastic cycle ride around the coast of Wales earlier this summer.

Chris spent two weeks cycling around the coastline of Wales, raising awareness of ocean plastic pollution, delivering beach cleans and raising money for two marine conservation charities, Keep Wales Tidy and Surfers Against Sewage.

So far, he has raised nearly £600.

While cycling and engaging with local communities, Chris collected “messages of hope” to present to the minister.

These were messages from local residents, children, tourists and café and restaurant owners, and were a combination of calls of action for more to be done to tackle plastic pollution as well as messages highlighting the importance and beauty of the marine and coastal environment.

Ms Blythyn praised Aberystwyth on its success in becoming a Plastic Free town – the first major town in Wales to receive accreditation.

Mr Woodfield told the Cambrian News: “It was lovely to meet the environment minister, Hannah Blythyn, and hear how on board she was with regards to reducing plastic pollution.

“However, I hope she can influence decision-makers and enable Wales to put into action and implement real change, for example, by introducing a deposit return scheme and focusing on reducing plastic pollution at source and ensuring businesses which produce plastic are responsible for its disposal” here.

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