Plastic litter protest targets takeways

December 04 2019

Members of Keynsham Plastic Re-Action and Keynsham and Saltford Wombles take their plastic waste collection 'bill' to present to KFC  at Broadmead Lane

Members of Keynsham Plastic Re-Action and Keynsham and Saltford Wombles take their plastic waste collection 'bill' to present to KFC  at Broadmead Lane

ENVIRONMENTAL groups have combined forces in the first of a series of protests to try to stop plastic packaging used by fast-food outlets ending up on the streets.
About 20 peaceful protesters gathered outside KFC and Domino’s Pizza at Broadmead Lane, Keynsham, to try to prevent littering ‘at its source’
The anti-plastic demonstration on Friday November 15 at 5pm was a joint initiative between the Keynsham Wombles, Saltford Wombles and Keynsham Plastic Re-Action.
They handed out leaflets to customers and even presented both store managers with an ‘imaginary’ invoice for the annual cost of their volunteer litter-pickers.
They worked out that each takeaway is responsible for an annual cost of £1,042.57 for picking up takeout food and drink containers. At a cost of £9 per hour, Keynsham and Saltford Wombles spent more than 800 hours picking up litter and the cost was divided equally between the seven takeaways in the area.
A bag of KFC litter collected along the A4 between the takeaway and Saltford in the week leading up to the event was also presented back to the manager.
Helen Stone of Keynsham Plastic Re-Action said their aim was to highlight the costs of clearing up their litter and to suggest they make a contribution to these costs.
She said: “We want takeaways to look at transferring all their packaging to fully biodegradable options and to help try to change the behaviour of a proportion of customers who drop litter.
“This was just the first of many protests. We plan to target all the area’s fast food outlets one at a time.”
To find out more about campaigns organised by Keynsham Plastic
Re-Action, visit the group’s Facebook page.