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SSB’s Talking Rubbish group usually meets on-line at 7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. If you would like to join in, you would be welcome – please email Tina at .

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Funding Opportunity – Bring it Back Fund

A new £1million fund to reduce reliance on single-use packaging in the food and drink sector in the UK has been launched by Starbucks and Hubbub. The funding is specifically to increase take-up and remove barriers for reusable packaging.

The fund is looking for projects that help shift people’s habits. This could include promoting behaviour change, undertaking new research, expanding an existing reuse model or trying something completely new.

Projects should cover at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Making reuse systems seamless and convenient
  • Motivating users to return their packaging and adopt long-term habits
  • Increasing support and infrastructure for reuse systems to scale impact

UK registered organisations can apply: you must be a charity, academic body, CIC, social enterprise or registered company.

The fund will provide grants between £150,000 and £300,000.

Focus of fund/fund aims:

Grants up to £300,000 for UK organisations with projects that encourage the take-up of reusable packaging systems in the food and drink sector

Application deadline: 24 June 2022

Fund description:


Will of the Dump

Click here to listen to ‘Will of the Dump‘, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 28/12/2021

Will Self tells the story of his black bin bag… from his back door… to its final destination. It’s the story of a modern-day dump – an extraordinary, alien, nauseating world – where, instead of being buried, the rubbish will go up in smoke. Voices of waste workers intermingle with the rubbish in a go-round of garbage, scored by Jon Nicholls. There are the bin men who believe ‘you just gotta get in the groove’ as they walk ten miles a day, to ‘pick up a bit of crap, sling it in the back of the lorry and take it down the dump’. There’s the weighbridge clerk at the sorting facility taking pride in separating the ‘sheepy recycling from the goatish garbage’ to load it onto enormous steel containers. Boatmen on the Thames steer these huge barges, bright orange in colour, past the great landmarks of London in ‘a cockney pas-de-deux danced with detritus’. Downriver, the bag arrives at its destination – a giant industrial incinerator where ten thousand tonnes of waste are going up in flames, at temperatures of 850 degrees. ‘Some people are mesmerized by it’, we hear. Will’s black bag meets its ‘fiery and apocalyptic end’. It’s a raw, unnerving look at our relationship with our waste. Sound designer: Jon Nicholls Producer: Adele Armstrong.


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).


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 (clear sack) and Tetra Paks (blue sack).

New Super Recycler Service/Doorstep collection

South Hams District Council’s current doorstep collection was in the process of being replaced by its ‘New Super Recycler Service’. However, while this has been rolled-out to many households, a number of problems have meant that the roll-out programme has been suspended and will be reviewed again spring 2022.



However, the SHDC Brown Bin (Garden Waste) collection service collection of garden waste will be resuming from the week commencing 28th March 2022. The service will then run fortnightly on the opposite week to your refuse collection – see: . A reminder of what is accepted within your brown bin, useful FAQ’s and details of how to order containers can be found here: (If you do not have a food waste caddy or the ‘New Super Recycler Service’ in your locality, food waste should still be put into the grey refuse bin.).

Remember you can take suitable garden waste to SSB’s Marsh composting site on Sunday mornings. The Marsh will welcome garden waste (NB. Not kitchen/food waste.


What does happen to all those old phones?

Can you help a local student doing research on recycling phones and raising awareness, as part of Environmental Science for her International Baccalaureate course?


Just fill in this survey by 18th April:


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 and raising money for local charities at the same time.

The company runs free re-cycling programmes across the UK which are sponsored by manufacturers. Many of you will know that we recently had a drop off location for blister packs in SB Pharmacy but this was stopped on 21/5/21. Looking on the Terracycle web site it would appear that they are now in partnership with Superdrug to recycle empty blister packs and raise money for Marie Curie. All collection points are now sited in Superdrug stores and our  nearest stores taking part in the scheme are in Newton Abbot on the Old Hospital site in East Street and Cornwall Street store in Plymouth.  Talking Rubbish is currently working to set up a Cathedral Cheese programme in the village and volunteers will be needed to manage the drop off point so please get in touch if you are interested in taking part –

Details for other local programmes can be found on the Terracycle site, but the information may be out of date, as some schemes have been stopped or suspended due to the Covid pandemic.  Contact details for listed programmes can be found on the Terracycle web site and probably best to ring before travelling to a programme drop off point.

For  full  details/list of all Free Programmes and further information go to or email

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

Soft Plastic recycling in store at the Co-op: The Co-op’s soft plastic recycling facility is available in the South Brent store. There is a collection point ready for used clean, soft plastics to support Co-op in meeting its goal of using recyclable materials in 100% of own-brand products by the end of 2021.

Clean it: Rinse your packaging out first;

Scrunch it: Scrunch it up tight and if it pings back, it’s soft plastic;

Co-op it: Pop into Co-op and put it in one of the soft plastic recycling units”.

Soft plastic you can and can’t recycle at the Co op



  • Thin plastic lids of all types
  • Kitchen towel, toilet roll, nappy bag, cotton wool wrappers
  • Pouches – microwave rice, pre-cooked mussels, petfood, etc
  • Fruit & veg nets, bags and wrappers
  • Plastic sauce sachets


  • Ordinary carrier bags
  • Bread bags
  • Crisps, nuts, snacks bags
  • Bags from:
    • Cereal and porridge
    • Dried goods – dried fruit, pasta, rice, sugar, pulses, etc
    • Frozen foods and ice cubes

Wrappers & Film

  • Chocolate and sweets bags and wrappers
  • Biscuit wrappers
  • Cling film
  • Pizza wrapping film
  • Bread product wrappers:
    • Croissants
    • Pancakes
    • Naan bread
    • Pitta bread
    • Garlic bread
    • Fresh pasta
  • Wrappers from:
    • Cheese, pastry, cakes, Yorkshire puddings
    • baby wipes, etc
    • Meat, poultry and joints
    • Tea and teabags, ground coffee, etc
    • Pies, pastries, sausage rolls,
    • Household textiles, scourers, rubber gloves, etc
    • Giftwrap, greetings cards, etc
  • Flower wrappers
  • Petfood wrappers


  • Compostable carrier bags
  • Compostable and biodegradable bags & wrappers
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic trays

Please note that the labelling on packaging may not be up to date with the soft plastics recycling scheme. As such, not all soft plastics will currently be labelled as recyclable.

Most of the major supermarkets now operate soft or flexible plastic recycling schemes, but there are differences in how the schemes operate and the items they collect. Details of the different schemes can be found on their web sites. Recycling stations can usually be found near the entrance to a store or near the checkout area.

Blister Packets Recycling

We are pleased to announce (April 2022) that the collection of empty pill blister packs has restarted in South Brent, as we know that many of you were disappointed when the village drop off point was cancelled by Terra Cycle, due to changes made to the scheme. The Talking Rubbish group and South Brent pharmacy are now working together to run a local collection project and empty blister packets taken to the pharmacy will now be collected by a Talking Rubbish  volunteer and taken to Ivybridge, so that they can be included in the Terra Cycle recycling scheme, which is raising money for the Marie Curie cancer charity.

Empty blister packs are also being collected by certain Superdrug stores to raise money for Marie Curie and  details of local participating stores in Newton Abbot and Plymouth.It is also possible to take these items to any of the 3 chemists in Ivybridge (Boots, Day Lewis, Erme Court) from where they will be collected by local Rotarians for recycling by Terracycle.

Respiratory Inhaler Recycling; update

With over 73 million inhalers prescribed in the UK every year a recycling  scheme was set up by Glaxo Smith Kline  in 2011. Many pharmacies signed up to the scheme, but it was cancelled by GSK in September 2021,  as they wanted a joined up approach  to inhaler recycling across the pharmaceutical industry and did not want to continue with a stand alone scheme.

Respiratory inhalers should not be put in rubbish bins as the propellants are known greenhouse gasses, which are harmful to the environment. The metal canister should be returned to a pharmacy and  be treated under the medical waste scheme. It will then be dealt with through an environmentally safe disposal route paid for by the NHS (April 2022)

Contact Lens Recycling

The Rotarians are also helping to raise money for South West Blood Bikes  through the contact lens recycling programme and Newsomes Opticians in Fore Street, Ivybridge have set up a collection point for lens blister packs and lens themselves.

Please help us to spread this latest news by telling family, friends and neighbours about these projects aimed at supporting worthwhile charities and helping the environment. Or you might like to set up your own local collection point?  Whatever you do it all helps so a big thank you!

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.

“No person is too small to make a difference”

Greta Thunberg

SSB – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

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August 2022

Talking Rubbish Zoom meeting

16 August @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST
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The revitalised Talking Rubbish group will be holding their Zoom meeting monthly at 7pm on the Third tuesday of the month. We’ve got lots of great ideas and plenty of room for new members! Everyone welcome, so please email if you would like to receive the Zoom invitation.

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September 2022

Community Litter Pick

17 September @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm BST
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Two Monthly Community Litter Pick from 2-4pm meeting up at Palstone Park Recreation Ground at 2pm organised by SSB’s ‘Talking Rubbish’ group. Please join us if you can. There will be some hi-vis jackets, gloves and litter-pickers available, but if you have some, please bring them. See:   Every 2 months on the last Sunday of the month from 30 January 2022. FFI contact Eva or Tina at Sunday 30 January 2022 Sunday 27 March 2022 Sunday 29…

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