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Plastic free Milborne Port

Milborne-Port-PlasticfreeEvery minute one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans, generating around 8 million items of plastic waste per day. With most durable items taking around 400 years to breakdown and degrade, our addiction to plastics is a major problem for many of the remarkable species with whom we share our world. In fact it's estimated that one marine mammal or seabird dies every thirty seconds due to plastic pollution, helping to drive many beautiful species to the brink of extinction.

And plastic is not just a problem for marine wildlife. As plastic degrades it forms toxic microbeads that release dioxins and other dangerous chemicals. These particles impact our soils, sediments and freshwater lakes, damaging creatures on land and potentially producing long-term negative effect on local ecosystems.

Milborne Port depends on a healthy natural environment for public health, agricultural sustainability and tourism. It's not just vulnerable wildlife that's affected. We are all part of the circle of life, and human health is also at risk from plastic pollution.

That is why a group of local people have started Milborne Port Plastic Free Community. Collaborating with the marine NGO 'Surfers against Sewage' we are working hard to reduce single-use plastics in our community.

In May we received support from Milborne Port Parish Council, who voted to support our efforts. Since then we have assisted with litter picks in the village and worked with local businesses to find creative alternatives to single use
plastics.

There is always more to be done, and with plastic production set to increase by more than 40% in the next decade the task can seem impossible. But if everybody takes action we can achieve more than we think possible. If we despair, or assume others will act for us, we guarantee failure.

If you think you can help you then contact Milborne Port Plastic Free community by email. Write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also have a website: www.network23.org/plasticfreemilborne/

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