15 November 2018
As reported in The Ilkley Gazette
Wharfedale Tackles Plastic’s first litter pick on Ilkley Moor attracted forty volunteers to help fill bags with rubbish which was then taken away by Bradford Council. Organisers Ros Brown, Anne Cuthbertson and Martin Nash said they were delighted with the response. “It was fantastic to have a surprise turn out of students from Ilkley Grammar School and to find some of the younger children equipped with their own mini litter grabbers,” Anne added. Following on from the success of the morning the group is planning to hold more public litter picks in 2019.
Since its formation earlier this year Wharfedale Tackles Plastic has organised a number of activities to reduce the amount of single use plastic in the area. The group has built support among local businesses for a water bottle refill scheme in Ilkley, held a monthly stall at the invitation of Real Food Ilkley Market to provide information for residents and produced an action plan for the first year of their work with support from Cllr Mark Stidworthy from Ilkley Town Council. The group also supported Ilkley Civic Society’s public meeting in October - What can we recycle? - led by the recycling team from Bradford Council.
Wharfedale Tackles Plastic is a new community action group formed by a small group of local residents from Ilkley, Addingham and Burley-in-Wharfedale. It was formed in response to residents’ concerns including those voiced on Ilkley Green Party’s Autumn 2017 door-to-door survey. Building on the survey responses, and her own attempts to reduce plastic waste, Ros Brown began outlining and discussing plans for an Ilkley wide campaign back in January. Meanwhile other local residents were also beginning to plan a single use plastics reduction campaign and contacted Ros to discuss working together. The new group had its first steering group meeting in March 2018 and arrived at the name Wharfedale Tackles Plastic. Ros says “It was fantastic to hear others’ ideas and learn how closely our visions aligned. Our desire is to help residents of all ages as well as schools, businesses, local groups and politicians across the political spectrum connect with each other to try and reduce Wharfedale’s plastic consumption and waste.”
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