Are you concerned about plastic pollution and other kinds of rubbish?

Did you know:
that globally only 14% of all plastic is collected for recycling?
that 8 million tonnes a year ends up in the oceans?
that 40% of plastic made worldwide is used for packaging?

People everywhere are working to solve the problem of plastic pollution…and we can help by choosing recycled, reusable or compostable plastic goods over disposable, and recycling as much as possible…

…AND by joining the TALKING RUBBISH group where we discuss all kinds of local initiatives that might help – and take ACTION as well as talk!

Contact: and check the events calendar for details of our meeting times and places.

Roadside plastic and other litter

The A38 between South Brent and Plymouth comes under the responsibility of two local authorities: South Hams District Council and Plymouth City Council. To report plastic and other rubbish on our local roads SHDC can be contacted on 01803 861234 and PCC on 01752 668000. Or contact one of your local councillors.
If you are outside your local area and do not know who to contact you can report any trouble spots on This independent website, set up by the charity mySociety, aims to help people inform local authorities of problems. (But DCC has to be contacted directly).

Plastic Bag Recycling

Some supermarkets have introduced recycling collection points for carrier bags and any plastic bag carrying the recycle logo and the message Recycle with bags at larger stores.
Check with the in store Customer Service Desk or a staff member to find out if your local store has a plastic bag collection point.
More information about local recycling schemes can be found on the website

Doorstep collections

Just a reminder, in case any of you missed this information or are new to the area, that South Hams DC collects all plastic bottles (silver sack) and Tetra Paks (blue sack).

TerraCycle projects for hard to recycle plastic

Terra Cycle is an international recycling company that was founded in 2001 with the aim of recycling plastic materials that are difficult to recycle. Information on their web site says that over 100 major brands are involved across 20 countries. The company runs 2 types of recycling programmes:

– Free programmes which are sponsored by the manufacturer or brand and are open to anyone to join
– Zero waste programmes which are not sponsored and businesses using
the service must purchase the Terra Cycle collecting box, as this covers
the cost of collection and recycling.

To join a free programme you need to go to their web site and choose the project you would like to support; start collecting items for recycling in your home, office or school; download free shipping labels and send off your waste to be recycled. You can also take items to your nearest collection point if you have one; or you can set up your own collection point if there isn’t one in your area. You can even earn rewards for your school or non-profit cause.

Free recycling product programmes are listed on their web site and include:
– Febreeze Air Freshener
– Garnier Personal Care & Beauty products
– Biscuits and Snacks
– Writing instruments (only open to schools)
– Colgate Oral Care
– Crisp packets – Walkers have recently entered into a partnership with the company to re-cycle all crisp packaging and the scheme is due to start this December. This is good news as Walkers alone produce around 13 million packets of crisps a day in the UK!

For a full list of free programmes and further information go to or ring Freephone number 0800 0470 984 or email


Medicine packets and Blister packs

South Brent Pharmacy is one of the participating centres in the TerraCycle scheme for recycling medicine packets and blister packs – see: Take your empty blister packs to the pharmacy and put them in the box.


Respiratory Inhaler Recycling

With over 73 million inhalers prescribed in the UK every year a recycling scheme was set up in 2011. Many local pharmacies have signed up to the scheme and our 2 nearest ones are in Ivybridge. Information about this project can be found on-line at:

‘Don’t waste a breath’ – Recycling your inhaler:

‘Complete the Cycle’ (GlaxoSmithKline sponsored scheme):

Unfortunately the scheme is not signing up any new pharmacies at present so we cannot have a collection point in the village but this may change in the future. In the meantime people might like to set up their own informal collection scheme with friends or neighbours and take the inhalers to Ivybridge.

Since the scheme was set up over 1.2million inhalers have been recycled. This is said to have saved carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking 5,199 cars off UK roads!

SSB – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

email –


Disposal of batteries

Thank you to Cathy and Kayla for highlighting this website with lots of useful information about batteries and the environment, how to dispose of spent batteries and the effects on the environment and our health of not disposing of them properly. Click on this link: to find out more.



If you care about the environment, hate litter and have an artistic eye why not enter a new competition to design a logo for ‘Clean Devon’. If your design is the winning entry you will win £100 and your design will be used across all ‘Clean Devon’ promotional materials.

They are looking for a relevant but simple design containing the words “Clean Devon” and which captures their ethos of working for the common good of the environment. To enter, read the information and submit your details and design via  NB. Closing date is 12 noon on 22 November 2019 


(Forwarded from Devon County Council)

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April 2021

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Thursday 22 April 2021: Earth Day. The theme for Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore our Earth’ – “As the world returns to normal, we can’t go back to business-as-usual” The culmination of three days of action including a global youth summit, with speeches from youth climate activists including Greta Thunberg. See Earth Day 2021 for events – locally Holne and Scoriton are setting an example with a Community Global Clean-up – see  See: If you may be interested,…

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