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.
Contact us us if you want to get involved.
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.
If you are a local business please can you take a few minutes to complete our questionnaire, to share your opinions and ideas on how we can reduce the use of plastics locally.
Community Venues Audit
If you look after a community venue and want to get involved you can use our self-audit tool to identify existing good practice and provide ideas for actions to that you can take to further reduce the use of single use plastic.
Businesses Supporting Plastic Free Letchworth Who Have Removed At Least 3 Single-Use Items
David’s Bookshop and café
Wetherspoons – Three Magnets
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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