New Events Charter Announced!

Credit: Golowan Festival

We are pleased to announce that our Plastic Free Penzance Events Charter has been adopted by the town! We have been working with Penzance Town Council and Penzance Business Improvement District to draw up the document, which sets out clear guidelines for anyone wanting to trade at or hold an event so they can reduce their impact.

The Charter is a way to communicate what our community is trying to achieve in terms of tackling single-use plastic. It is hard for us to keep track of absolutely every outdoor event that is planned, let alone then contact each individual organiser and link up in advance. So, by teaming up with the Town Council and BID on event contracts and agreements like this, it give us more scope to tackle single-use plastic and the pollution it causes.

While the Town Council has no powers to enforce any single-use plastic stipulations (other than through its contracts, which it has started doing since it passed the Plastic Free Communities Resolution back in December 2017) it can set out clear expectations. Which is what this new charter does.

Included in it is an expectation that there will be no carrier bags, balloons or plastic cutlery at events or on stalls. It also asks for a focus on refill and reuse (through things like refill cup schemes), that steps be taken to reduce the main ‘offenders’ as set out in our Plastic Free Communities Toolkit and that steps are taken to manage waste effectively and responsibly. The Charter is backed up with a copy of our Business Toolkit to help traders make any changes necessary.

Surfers Against Sewage Community Toolkit
Credit: Surfers Against Sewage Community Toolkit

The first people to receive the Charter will be those wanting a pitch at Golowan and we’re hugely grateful for the support of the Golowan team in getting this guidance out to traders in plenty of time, so they can plan ahead. Traders at the new Monthly Market in the town will also be sent the Charter so they can start to take action.

We are hugely encouraged by this step from our Town Council and BID as they continue to work with us to minimise our community’s contribution to the plastic pollution crisis. Please do support this great document; as a shopper, a local trader or an event organiser. If we all work together and take one step at a time in the right direction, we can create great change!