Seaford Bonfire Society, Plastic Free Seaford and Seaford Environmental Alliance are asking bonfire goers to refuse single use plastic.

We are a certified plastic free community…let’s keep it that way.

From September to November the streets and skies of Sussex are lit up in celebration and remembrance of the foiled gunpowder plot of 1605.

Seaford Bonfire Society volunteers work incredibly hard all year round fundraising and planning for their annual free, spectacular, safe, family friendly event. The night attracts 10,000 visitors culminating in a large bonfire and fireworks display on Martello fields.

However, in recent years it has become frustratingly difficult to fundraise on the night due to pedlars selling plastic souvenirs ahead of the parade, thus diverting funds away from the society. In addition to this, these hard plastic toys have a very short life span and as such can be viewed as single use.

Single use plastics do not break down. Instead they leach chemicals into the environment, especially due to the chemicals and batteries making these products light up. This in turn impacts our wildlife, our water systems and our own health.

The pedlars themselves are often found to be in breach of their Police issued pedlars certificates which state, for example, that they must make continual progress and cannot use stalls, stands or barrows to sell from.

The products they sell do not comply with Seaford Town Council’s single use plastic policy which can be found on their website and relates to any event or trader on town council property.

We believe this campaign to be vitally important and hope that in future years the pedlars will not return because our collective action has made it too difficult to sell plastic products and make a profit at Seaford Bonfire Night.

As bonfire season is such a big event locally we would really appreciate your support with this campaign to reach bonfire goers throughout Sussex, rather than just Seaford Bonfire night.

Fran Chorlton (Plastic Free Seaford co-lead)


Becky Francomb (Seaford Environmental Alliance)

Regards from Seaford Bonfire Society, Seaford Environmental Alliance and Plastic Free Seaford

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