A group called Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) aim to highlight the issue of what single use plastic has on the environment and discourage schools and businesses using disposable cups and bottles.
Local activist Sian Sykes has led an 18-month campaign to highlight the issues including picking up litter whilst paddleboarding 1000km around Wales.
Sian Sykes, local activist
I am incredibly proud of the Anglesey community who have supported the single use plastic free movement, we are making a difference and I am excited to see what else we can do on the island."
With the local council's backing, a community-led group on the island reached out to retail and catering businesses, offices and schools to make simple changes on plastic usage which helped them to achieve the award, including swapping from plastic to wooden cutlery.
Dafydd Rhys Thomas, Anglesey’s councillor
I saw a seal which was struggling with a plastic bag in its mouth. It struggled and struggled, and after about ten minutes it disappeared from view. Obviously, the plastic bag had killed this seal. I thought I needed to do something myself for this beautiful island and for out coast."
The Surf Cafe in Rhosneigr was named the first plastic free champion business and now displays its wooden plaque and certificate with pride.
To feature Anglesey in your itinerary, we have suggested a visit to the island on our ‘North Wales in 3 days’ option.
Also, visit our Isle of Anglesey webpage.
Published April 2019