Plastic Free Letchworth

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.

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.

 

Help us work with local businesses, venue managers and community organisations to help find ways to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

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Plastic Free Letchworth projects

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Letchworth plastics re-use scheme​

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Letchworth re-usable cup scheme

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Litter picking events and resources

As an Approved Plastic Free Community Plastic Free Letchworth are expected, each year, to:

  • Have four Steering Group meetings of which at least two involve the local council.

  • Engage with the local MP.

  • Encourage existing businesses that took action to remove at least three single-use plastic items to sign up for the Plastic Free Communities Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

  • Work with 6 new businesses to help them identify and remove at least three single-use plastic items and replace them with sustainable alternatives.

  • Increase community allies (e.g. local groups, community venue managers) and connect with at least 15 allies (new and existing) during the year, gaining plastic free pledges if we have not already .

  • Encourage schools to become Plastic Free Schools

  • Hold three Community Events, for example, a litter pick, (with the local council supporting at least one community Plastic Free initiative).

  • Contribute to National SAS Campaigns and take part in one SAS Activation as a Steering Group.

 

Let us know what you're doing to reduce your use of plastics, we'd love to share your progress and ideas that others can learn from 

 

Our champions

All these wonderful businesses and organisations have supported the Plastic Free Letchworth cause and reduced the use of single-use plastics in our town

Businesses

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, The Cloth Bums CIC

Schools

Lordship Farm Primary School and Garden City Montessori have achieved the Plastic Free School accreditation with Surfers Against Sewage. Norton St Nicholas Primary School are on the journey to accreditation.

Garden City Academy, 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 venues

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

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.