PORTLAND residents are being encouraged to go plastic free at a meeting being held on the island this month.

The Plastic Free Portland group is working towards Portland achieving single-use plastic-free community status.

At the time of writing there are currently 660 other communities that have been officially recognised as 'plastic free', after the accolade was created by environmental organisation Surfers Against Sewage to reduce the flow of unnecessary single-use plastics into the marine environment.

Founders say the campaign is not about removing all plastic from our lives; it is about cutting out avoidable single-use plastic and changing the system that produces it.

As reported, Dorchester was officially awarded Plastic Free status in July 2019 - and now organisers at Plastic Free Portland are now hoping to encourage as many people as possible to attend thir meeting and find out how to achieve this goal for Portland. All are welcome at the event.

The meeting is being held on Tuesday, January 28 at the George Inn, Reforne from 7pm.

To find out more about what it means to be a plastic free community visit www.sas.org.uk/plastic-free-communities/