Transition Town Letchworth have signed up with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) as the Plastic Free Community Leader for Letchworth.

We plan to work through the Plastic Free Coastlines Community Toolkit which is now being used by towns across the nation. The toolkit sets out the following five objectives that must be met to achieve Plastic Free status for Letchworth.

1) LOCAL GOVERNANCE: Local Council passes a resolution to support Plastic Free Coastlines, committing to plastic free alternatives and supporting plastic free initiatives in Letchworth.

2) LOCAL BUSINESSES: At least three single-use plastic items removed from at least 12 local businesses and retailers and replaced with sustainable alternatives.

3) PLASTIC FREE ALLIES: Gain widespread community support by spreading the Plastic Free message to groups that look after 50% of community spaces (e.g. Norton Common, community centres, halls, places of worship, libraries), 30% of schools and at least one community organisation (e.g. Scouts, Girl Guides, Women’s Institute).

4) ON THE GROUND ACTION: Arrange at least two local community events in a year, for example a litter clearance, which are open for all to attend.

5) STRATEGIC GROUP: Form a local group of stakeholders (which must include a council member) who should meet at least once per year to plan and discuss the progress of Plastic Free Letchworth.

Email us if you want to get involved.

Click here for ideas on how we can reduce our plastic use as individuals.

Click for ideas for businesses on how to reduce their use of plastics.

Let us know what you are doing to reduce your use of plastics that others can learn from and we will share these ideas as part of this initiative.



A record breaking 44 people attended TTL’s Tuesday talk this week. Plastic is hot news at the moment! After an introduction to the topic giving a global overview and a description of what happens to our recycling waste, the attendees gathered into groups to explore the issues of: Reduce, Re-use / Repurpose, Recycle and Influencing.   The ideas which came up were many and varied, some useful, others amusing! Well. you can’t be serious all the time! Here are some of them: REDUCE:  in the home, use glass for containers and wood for things such as chopping boards and stirring spoons;  instead of clingfilm use plates and … more