A new campaign has been launched to encourage beachgoers to pick up plastic.
Hundreds of stickers will be seen on signs and litter bins along the Anglesey coastline as part of the push towards a ‘plastic free’ island.
Last February, Anglesey Council backed a campaign by two environmental groups, ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ and ‘Save Our Rivers’, who want Ynys Môn to become the first part of Wales to gain official plastic-free status.
The stickers, designed by Anglesey Central Lions and the Mona-based Sign Factory, show a sad fish surrounded by plastic straws and cotton buds, and a plastic bottle lodged in its stomach.
Anglesey Central Lions president Paul Smith said: ”Many volunteers already take part in beach cleans but if everyone picked up at least one piece of plastic when they visit a beach it would make a big difference to the environment.”
A member of the Central Lions, keen walker Richard Walton from Cemaes Bay, said he found himself picking up plastic on almost every walk along the shoreline: ”I just thought to myself that if everyone who visited one of our beautiful beaches picked up one piece of plastic they found – it would make a huge difference and spur on other people to do the same.”
Ynys Gybi independent councillor Dafydd Thomas, a member of the Coastal No Plastic Group, said the joint project was ”another important step” towards the goal of a plastic-free Anglesey.
He added: ”We are now working towards reducing the use of disposable plastic at our sites and schools; promoting plastic free ventures and encouraging local businesses to use less disposable plastic.”