VOLUNTEERS will be asking shoppers in Bognor Regis to give up their packaging.
A group of environmentally aware campaigners will be based at Tesco in Shripney Road tomorrow to gain support for their efforts to reduce the amount of plastic in the environment.
The #returntheplastic movement is a national organisation devoted to stop plastic ending up in the sea, our rivers and being littered across towns and countryside.
David Meagher will be one of those present from 10am-1pm. He said: “The group mooted the idea over a month ago when local people who clear plastic from the beach saw it would be possible to prevent some of the plastic we throw away from leaving shops and supermarkets in the first place.
“All of the members in our team have litter-picked the beaches because we have seen the horrific results for animals and fish in the sea and now we are finding plastic in our own bodies.”
The team will politely ask shoppers to remove the excess packaging from their purchases and place it in the group’s trollies to be offered back to the supermarket.
Tesco has agreed to bring in more bins for the occasion to allow the plastic to be recycled once it has been returned.
The event follows on from one held in Frome in Somerset last week. Its popularity has paved the way for fortnightly sessions.
#returntheplastic wants to clean up the oceans and cut the use of raw materials to reduce the cost to the environment and to shoppers as well.
Members of the public can get involved by signing up at: Bognor&Chichester#returntheplastic or joining the national campaign on Facebook.