WTP and Plastic Free Ilkley joined up with the Co-Op at Bolton Bridge, to organise the town’s first Mass Unwrap on March 9. Members of Ilkley Grammar School’s Eco Committee also supported the event. This is part of a national campaign, backed by Surfers Against Sewage.
Saturday shoppers were encouraged to remove non-essential packaging from their purchases. In just two hours, the team collected a whole trolley full of plastic. Sadly, only 20 per cent of it was recyclable.
Anne Cuthbertson from Wharfedale Tackles Plastic commented: “Our local stores are making genuine efforts with sustainability plans. We are hoping to spur them, and their suppliers on, to make more and faster changes.”
She continued: “Research into creating more environmentally friendly packaging is flourishing. However, there is an enormous discrepancy between what stores are providing and what we as customers want. There is still plastic that can’t be recycled through Bradford Council and recycling is not the ultimate answer to the problem of plastic waste. Innovation and using less non-essential plastic is.”