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.
Three projects which the Plastic Free Letchworth Team are currently working to deliver are:
- Increasing Plastic Reuse and Recycling (including Terracycle)
- Cleaning-Up Letchworth
- Introducing a Letchworth Reusable-Cup
Businesses Supporting Plastic Free Letchworth Who Have Removed At Least 3 Single-Use Items
Bamboo Turtle, Broadway Cinema, Broadway Hotel, Cooks Boutique, Craftys Beer, David’s Bookshop and café, Fairhaven Wholefoods Ltd, Norton Way Gallery, Miss Green Fingers, Nourish café, Salon Group, Stevenage Leisure Limited, The Cakey-Lady, Vutibeets, Willmott Dixon
Schools who have undertaken activities to reduce single-use plastics
Lordship Farm Primary School have achieved the Plastic Free School accreditation with Surfers Against Sewage.
Garden City Academy, Garden City Montessori, Icknield Infants and Nursery School, ,St Christopher School, Wilbury Junior School, Woolgrove School have all undertaken activities to raise awareness and reduce their use of plastics.
Community Venue Owners Who Have Reviewed Their Practices to Reduce Single Use Plastic
Broadway Theatre and Cinema, Central Methodist Church, Howgill’s Quaker Meeting House, Jackmans Community Centre, Letchworth Free Church, Letchworth Library, North Hertfordshire District Council, Scout Hut (Spring Road), Stevenage Leisure Limited, Mrs Howard Hall, St Pauls Church and Church Hall, St Thomas’s Church
Community Groups Who Have Raised Awareness / Taken Action on Single-Use Plastic Problem
1st Baldock Scouts, 2nd Baldock Scouts, 2nd Letchworth Rainbows, 4th Letchworth Scouts, 5th Letchworth Scouts, 7th Letchworth Cubs,11th Letchworth Scouts, 18th Letchworth Brownies, Discover Letchworth, Letchworth BID, Letchworth Ladies Circle, Letchworth Arts and Leisure Group, Letchworth Rotary Group, Letchworth WI, North Herts Road Runners, Over 50s Club.
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.
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