An environmental group in Gedling is calling on fish and chip shops across the borough to do more to tackle plastic pollution.
Members of the Gedling Climate Change Group (GCCG) say they have recently visited a number of fish and chip shops in the borough armed with samples of recyclable takeaway packaging such as cardboard boxes, paper bags and wooden cutlery in a bid to persuade them to become more eco-friendly.
They also sent out letters to a number of businesses asking them to consider environmentally-friendly packaging in the future.
GCCG spokesman Bob Vaughan-Newton said: “Unfortunately, gone are the days where you can pop to the chip shop and come away with your steaming hot chips wrapped in yesterday’s newspaper, instead you get your meal served on a polystyrene tray, wrapped up in a plastic bag with a plastic fork thrown in for good measure.
“A great tea, but an absolute nightmare for the environment.
“As Gedling Climate Change Group is a small and local group, we thought we’d set our sights on our small and local businesses and try to encourage them to follow suit with reducing their plastic usage. So we approached our local fish and chip shops across the borough and asked them to consider replacing their plastic and polystyrene products with environmentally friendly alternatives.”
“It is a work in progress,” added Mr Vaughan-Newton.
“We have heard that some changes have been made by some businesses and we shall be following them up to see how they are getting on, but we hear that here in Calverton they are using recyclable products, so we are popping in after our monthly litter pick today (Saturday, 7) to test them out and showcase their great work.”
A spokesperson for Calverton Fish Bar, which is on Main Street in the village, said: “We use recyclable products as much as possible. Foodstuffs like gravy currently have to go in waterproof containers but we check regularly with our suppliers for environmentally friendly products.”
The group are now calling on other chip shops which could benefit from more environmentally friendly packaging to please get in touch so they can provide sample packs in a bid to get more businesses on board.
You can contact Bob Vaughan-Newton on 07966 557119 or email [email protected]