TOWN councillors in Mold championed the latest initiative for the town to cut down on single-use plastic waste.

At the monthly meeting of town councillors, Cllr Andrea Mearns – who proposed the meeting be held – thanked those who came out to support the founding of the group.

She said: “It was a very interesting meeting and there were a lot of people in attendance which was wonderful to see.

“There were a lot of good ideas put forward with how Mold can take steps to becoming plastic free and people showed a lot of passion about the issue which shows they really care about it.”

The first public meeting was very well attended, with around 60 people packing the Daniel Owen Centre on Monday, May 13, with hundreds showing support in a dedicated Facebook community set up to share ideas and discuss ways to help residents take action to reduce, reuse and recycle their plastic waste.

Councillors also referred the major show of public support generated online – with more than 400 members pledging their support.

Cllr Trevor Arnold said: “It was great to see so many people at the meeting and I think that, moving forward, there is so much scope for what the town can achieve.”

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based on the speakers at the first meeting, including pupils from Mold’s Alun School; local businesses as well as representatives for Flintshire County Council and Welsh Government who all championed the movement to reduce single-use plastics.

The next public meeting will be held in the Town Hall’s Jubilee Room on Thursday, June 13 at 7pm and will be a more hands-on workshop to give the group a direction of which initiative to take moving forward.

Regardless of following the national Surfers Against Sewage scheme or taking the route of a Mold-focused plan of action, councillors agreed that the final outcome is expected to be the same – in that the overall plastic waste figure will be reduced.

Therefore, the town council pledged to continue supporting whatever scheme that the community opt for.