A COUNCILLOR has suggested that Lyme Regis could become a plastic free town, in a bid to become more environmentally-friendly and appeal to eco-minded visitors.
Town councillor Richard Doney made the suggested at Wednesday’s Tourism, Community & Publicity meeting after hearing a proposal from Litter Free Coast & Sea to reduce waste from takeaway outlets.
The organisations is planning to introduce the scheme in Lyme Regis, West Bay, Weymouth and Bournemouth, to encourage takeaway outlets to use recyclable to re-usable products rather than single-use polystyrene food and drink packaging.
The project will also see an artist commissioned to engage with the public on the issue of single-use plastic litter, with a budget of £10,000.
Councillor Doney welcomed the proposal and suggested the town council make the most out of the so-called “David Attenborough effect”, which has seen an increased public interest in reducing the amount of plastic used following the broadcaster’s popular ‘Blue Planet’ television series.
“There’s an opportunity for the town to make itself a reputation for minimising plastic use, which would be another attraction for visitors. It’s an angle which has got a lot of people concerned,” said Councillor Doney.
Councillor Jeff Scowen said he thought this was a “great idea”, adding: “Plastic free Lyme – it’s a hot topic at the moment.”