The plague of single-use plastic was top of the agenda when Wiltshire Wildlife Trust screened the film A Plastic Ocean, during the inaugural Mayor’s Calne Shopping Week.

Calne Town Council has pledged to work towards the town being plastic-free - to help keep its waterways and rivers, and the seas they flow into, free of straws, bottles and packaging.

The trust’s waste education team, funded by Wiltshire Council, organised the screening of the film, described by Sir David Attenborough has described the film as “one of the most important films of our time."

But community engagement officer Jessica Thimbleby said it wasn't intended to be all gloom and doom: "We really wanted it not to be just about the problems - which obviously the film shows really well. We wanted people to feel they could take action, and now Calne Town Council wants to move towards being single-use plastic free."

The free event at Calne Town Hall on Wednesday hosted a range of local businesses and green organisations, including Reuseable Everything, Healthy Life and Ball Aerocan from Devizes, all of which offered reusable alternatives to plastic, such as cloth nappies, wax food wraps and drinks bottles.

The Mayor of Calne, Coun Glenis Ansell, said she was committed to creating a more environmentally-friendly town.

"The council decided some while ago we wanted to work to being plastic-free," she said. "We are looking at ways to encourage people away from single-use plastics."

She said local groups such as the Calne Clean-up Crew were already working hard to keep the town tidy and litter-free.

"I'm working to make the town as green and socially aware as we can," she said.

For more information on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle more of your household rubbish, follow the waste team on twitter @SlimBinsWilts and Wiltshire Waste Watchers Facebook page.