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Shalims Indian Restaurant is joining forces with Weymouth BID, WPCC, Weymouth Town Council, Booker Wholesale and Plastic Pollution Awareness to help make Weymouth A Plastic Free Community.

‘Plastic Free Communities’ is a movement set up by Surfer’s `Against Sewage, with the aim of reducing the amount of single use plastic we all use. So far, there are over 571 communities across the United Kingdom.

The group came out of a recent workshop hosted by Shalim Abs from Shalims Indian Restaurant and Plastic Pollution Awareness.

Shalim Abs told us more about the workshop: “We had a diverse group of business owners, activist and representatives from other towns attended the Plastic Pollution Worksop. The shocking facts that confronted us all during it, spurred everyone into action and the group Weymouth’s is Going Plastic free was formed.”

Craig Oakes President of Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce added: “Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce are committed to working towards doing our best to educate the businesses that operate in our area into adopting a plastic free stance. By everybody playing their part, we can truly help to make a difference not just for ourselves but for the generations that follow us. Plastic is a blight on our society and the harmful effects need to be reversed if that is at all possible.”

The first step in the journey is to get Weymouth Town Council to pass a resolution supporting the journey to Plastic Free Community status, committing to plastic-free alternatives and plastic-free initiatives within the constituency.

Next, it’s about getting local businesses involved and getting them to remove at least three single-use plastic items used in their businesses and replaced with sustainable alternatives. Finally, it’s about building allies like schools and other groups in the community to build engagement and speak the plastic-free message.

Claudia Moore Weymouth BID’s Chief Operations Officer update us with: “This initiative is all about uniting the community in the fight against single use plastics and throwaway culture.”