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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 fixmystreet.com. 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).
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
South Hams District Council’s current doorstep collection is in the process of being replaced by its ‘New Super Recycler Service’. However, while this has been rolled out to many households, problems have meant that the final phase of the roll out has been paused. IF YOU ARE STILL ON THE OLD SERVICE, PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANYMORE FOOD WASTE INTO YOUR BROWN BIN. There will be a one off collection of food waste from brown bins on the first collection in June, after which brown bins with food waste can not be emptied. In the meantime, please compost your food waste at home or dispose of in the refuse bin or refuse sacks.
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 – email@example.com
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.
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 www.recyclenow.com/bank-locator.
Soft Plastic recycling at the Co-op: The Co-op’s soft plastic recycling facility is now available in the South Brent store. From 9 July, there should be 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”. See: www.coop.co.uk/environment/soft-plastics.
Blister Packets and Contact Lense Recycling
Empty medicine blister packs are now being collected by certain Superdrug stores to raise money for Marie Curie and details of local participating stores in Newton Abbot and Plymouth can be found in our previous Terracycle post. However, it is now 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.
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!
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: https://www.dontwasteabreath.com/view/recycling_your_inhaler
‘Complete the Cycle’ (GlaxoSmithKline sponsored scheme): https://uk.gsk.com/en-gb/responsibility/our-planet/complete-the-cycle/
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!
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: https://store.intellaliftparts.com/c/battery-disposal-and-the-environment.html to find out more.
“No person is too small to make a difference”
SSB – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
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Upcoming Events › Talking Rubbish
Thursday 7 October 2021 (changed from 2 September): ‘Talking Rubbish’ from 8-9.30pm. Another laid-back ‘EcoPubHub’ Zoom session organised by SSB’s ‘Talking Rubbish’ group, will explore themes around the way in which we manage our waste in order to live sustainably. We all know we need to reduce our waste but what does that mean in practical terms? This session aims to explore how small changes in our every-day lives can make a big difference to our carbon footprint - “Rethink;…Find out more »