Isle of Arran is Scotland’s First ‘Plastic Free Community’ as it Takes Action on Single-Use Plastic
The Isle of Arran has become Scotland’s first community to join a network of communities across the UK that are leading the way on tackling throw away plastic. In recognition of the Island’s work to start reducing the impact of single-use plastic on the environment, the Island has been awarded Plastic Free Community status by the national marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).
Arran’s campaign started in February 2018 by a group of island residents in response to the publicity about plastic waste in the sea. The group Think About Plastic – Arran (TAP-Arran) was formed to create a focus for the campaign’s work. TAP-Arran pulled together key organisations and businesses on the Island to put in place SAS’s five-point plan. The objectives include; setting up a community led steering group, getting commitment from North Ayrshire council, signing up local businesses as ‘Allies’, and reaching out to community groups and individuals to spread the word and minimise the amount of disposable plastics they use.