Hotel Football owner and ex-Manchester United player Gary Neville has launched a campaign to make Greater Manchester the first UK city-region to ditch single-use plastics.
The ‘Plastic-Free Greater Manchester’ campaign has been backed by Mayor Andy Burnham and 43 other business leaders from the hospitality sector.
The campaign is set to put Greater Manchester at the forefront of taking action to eliminate single-use plastics. It’s targeting businesses and local people, encouraging them to switch from single-use plastics to renewable alternatives.
Time for action
Those leading the campaign and aiming to be plastic-free by 2020 include: GG Hospitality, Manchester Central, Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert Hotel, Grafene Restaurant and Bar, Eclectic Hotels, Manchester Art Gallery, Best Western Plus Pinewood in Wilmslow and Real Junk Food Manchester.
Over the next six months, these businesses will be setting out a plan to achieve their goal. As a first step, they’re starting to replace plastic straws with recyclable alternatives.
As part of this effort, the Mayor will help the campaign to establish a Green City Business Consortium that will bring together Greater Manchester businesses looking to make change from single-use plastics to reusable, recyclable plastics and other alternative materials.
The consortium would be designed to make sure that smaller businesses, which are looking to make the transition from plastic to more sustainable options, are not disadvantaged by cost. By buying in bulk and making the switchover together, businesses can make a speedy, more affordable transition.
‘People have been horrified by the images on our televisions showing just how polluted our oceans and rivers have become through plastic waste. But this isn’t just happening on the other side of the world. Last week we heard the difficult news that Greater Manchester’s rivers were some of the most polluted. It’s clear that we cannot just carry on as usual – the time has come for action.’
Mayor of Greater Manchester