15 February 2018
“Plastic-Free Powys” is a campaign initiated by Wales Green Party County Councillor Emily Durrant (Llangors, Powys) which highlights the excessive packaging of food and other everyday items. The campaign encourages shoppers to leave plastic packaging at the till in supermarkets.
Emily is a member of the Plaid Cymru-Green Group of councillors, who are working together to “paint Powys green” on a number of joined-up initiatives.
On Saturday 10th February the Plastic-Free Powys campaign attended Tesco in Newtown. Participating shoppers removed any plastic wrapping of the items they bought, handing it back to the duty manager. The campaign has proposed a meeting with Tesco to think of ways to reduce waste in all Tesco supermarkets in Wales together.
Emily said: “It was encouraging to speak with the Manager on duty on Saturday. We have proposed a meeting to think of ways to push our campaign further together and reduce plastic waste in all Tesco supermarkets in Wales. The staff at Newtown Tesco were very sympathetic and we would like to thank them for their assistance. It has also been encouraging to see that Plastic-Free Powys is a campaign so many people are willing to support with their time by coming along to our action days.”
“As a member of the Plaid-Cymru Green coalition at Powys County Council, I am working together with Plaid Cymru councillors to make Powys a major plastic reducer. It is important to work together to get things done. Together we will paint Powys green!”
Emily is bringing a motion to make Powys a major plastic reducer to the Full Council on 8th March.