Transition Town Letchworth have signed up with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) as the Plastic Free Community Leader for Letchworth.
We have worked through the Plastic Free Coastlines Community Toolkit and Letchworth is now an Approved Plastic Free Community. To achieve this we completed the following five objectives.
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.
The approved plastic free community award recognises the significant work that has taken place, but there is still much more that can be done to reduce local dependence on single-use plastics. We are keen to work with local businesses, venue managers and community organisations to help find ways to reduce the use of single-use 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.
Businesses Supporting Plastic Free Letchworth Who Have Removed At Least 3 Single-Use Items
David’s Bookshop and café
Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd
TTL recognise that it is not always easy to replace all plastic items. To reduce plastics items that are sent to incineration or landfill, TTL are involved in facilitating a Town Centre collection point for hard to recycle plastics. These plastics are recycled for rewards by local charities and schools through a scheme set up by Terracycle. Click here for a list of products you can take to Bamboo Turtle (5 The Arcade, Letchworth) for recycling.
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