Project Plastic

PROJECT PLASTIC

Introduction

This project began in 2018 with the increasing recognition internationally and locally that plastic waste has a very detrimental effect on the planet. These concerns have been highlighted by individuals such as David Attenborough and organisations such as Surfers against Sewage. Support has been provided through a local network of groups in Shropshire and Wales to develop an action plan to raise awareness and to influence changes in individula and business behaviours.

Working with the Cooperative Society.

The aim is to lobby and encourage the  Co-operative Society to reduce their use of plastic packaging and to become more aware of the environmental impact of their business. This has included attending the annual general meeting of the  Society and building relationships with staff within the Society as well as withthe local manager in Knighton.  Two meetings have been held locally prior to the pandemic. Minutes are available.  Please contact Karen Plant  01547 520565 for updates. All meetings have been cancelled during the  pandemic although contact has now been made with the  new manager of the  Co-op- a date is now being explored.

Action Planning meetings

These have been held as needed either for all members or for particular sub group meeting. Please contact Nicola Colston nicky.colston@btinternet.com

Encouraging a plastic free Knighton Carnival 

In 2019 TVEG assisted in clearing the carnival of refuse after the event. This led to the realisation that further work needed to be done to encourage a plastic free Carnival in line with an increasing number  of festivals making this move. Consequentlt TVEG joined the 2020 planning committee and work was done to change contracts with stall holders  and research completed on costs and developemts to refuse collection throughtout the event . Due to the  pandemic  the 2020 Carnival  was cancelled.  Further activities are not yet  planned. A grant application has been made to Magic Little Grants to raise money for recycling bins for the Carnival whcih is being assessed on July 15th

Litter picking 

This activity has restarted but is now on its summer break. Dates in the Autumn are:

September 26th  Offas Dyke Centre 10 am

October 31st Knighton Community Centre 10 am

November 28th Offas Dyke Centre 10 am

Just for an hour – just turn up – no need to be a member

Bring your own gloves. Remain socially distanced.

Crisp bag collection

This activity has carried on throughout the pandemic.  There is a site at Co-op, the Black Sheep Cafe and the school in Knighton. Now pubs have reopened, as of July 15th, Watsons, The George and Dragon, the Banc and the Horse and Jockey as well as the Knighton Community Centre are again collecting.  Volunteers are needed to maintain the sites collect the bags and  once a month help to pack them for recycling. It would be great if a three monthy rota for this could be established.

Awareness raising

Several stalls were led by TVEG in 2019 incliding at the Knighton Carnival. Photographs will be loaded here.  A leaflet was designed and distributed at these events and across Knighton. Further activities are not yet planned although it is possible there will be a stall at the Knucklas Festival on 31st July.

Refill scheme 

To decrease the use of plastic bottles  this scheme has been publicised across Knighton. Signs have been placed in shops who will provide customers with free tap water to fill people’s own containers.

Details of the Refill app ………

Check out the project leaflet.

Reuse and recycle. Ideas collected from people in the Rea Valley doing their bit to save waste. (PDF file – opens in a new window.)