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07 May 2019

Reducing landfill - Area Board shows the way

This simple, small change, is testimony to the council's commitment to join with those calling for action to reduce our carbon footprint

Richard Britton, chairman of Southern Area Board

The second of Wiltshire Council's 18 area boards has pledged to go single-use-plastic free from now on. The Southern Area Board, which serves 15 parishes along the south of the county received strong backing from the community attending its 1st May meeting to take this step.  In the north of the county, Malmesbury Area Board was the front-runner in this change in practice. 

Hot drinks will continue to be served at meetings but people are asked to bring their own reusable cup to use. 

It is hoped with the Malmesbury and Southern Areas leading the way, other area boards will be inspired to make this change too. If all area boards do make this pledge then this could potentially save around 3,240 plastic cups going to landfill each year, based on 30 cups being used per area board meeting.

This will help Wiltshire Council's efforts on climate change and is welcome news for many local groups calling for action on this important global issue.

Richard Britton, chairman of Southern Area Board, said: "This simple, small change, is testimony to the council's commitment to join with those calling for action to reduce our carbon footprint. We know there are many in this community area that are passionate about this particular issue, and rightly so."

The next Southern Area Board takes place on Thursday 11 July, 7pm with networking from 6.30pm, at Coombe Bissett Village Hall, and all are welcome.

For more information about the council's other climate change work, people should go online.

Last updated: 7 May 2019 | Last reviewed: 7 May 2019

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