Posted : November 30, 2017
The festive season is upon us, and for many this means meeting up with friends and family and celebrating the year. However, an additional item is often found in one’s drink – the single-use plastic straw. Litter Free Dorset and Litter Free Coast & Sea, partnership organisations that work with local community groups, businesses and volunteers to reduce litter, are today launching their Christmas campaign, #TheLastStraw.
Straws are usually made from plastic, used for a short length of time, and in the UK and the USA alone we throw away 550 million plastic straws a day.
Earlier this year, JD Wetherspoon announced that they would no longer automatically put single-use plastic straws in drinks. Come January 2018 they will instead use paper straws. Charlie Wild, Litter Free Project Officer said “This heightened awareness of single-use items has come thick and fast this year – straws are just next in line. They are a very quick and simple win for businesses to change – either by getting rid of them totally or switching to alternatives.”
And local businesses are reacting to the public. After watching a documentary around the issue of plastic in the ocean, Lisa Loader, owner of Soulshine Café in Bridport said “Two of the top items found in the sea are plastic bags and plastic straws. I just decided to start somewhere. Even if it was just in my café with hundreds of people coming through the door, that’s a start. We don’t really need plastic bags or straws. Sipping isn’t that much of an inconvenience!” Soulshine have straws – but only bamboo and metal ones that can be reused. Other establishments like Boscanova in Bournemouth made the choice earlier this year to simply remove straws altogether.
Wimborne War on Waste, a local community group based up in Wimborne said “Plastic straws are one of our real hates. They are so unnecessary and they are often put into drinks without asking if you want them first. There are so many alternatives – stainless steel, bamboo, paper or glass. Plastic straws suck. We are working with pubs in Wimborne to remove plastic straws, so please visit The Thirsty Bird, The White Hart, The Taphouse and The Gin House in Wimborne for a plastic-free experience and tell them how great they are!”
The latest data from the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean for 2017 that has just been released, saw plastic straws still in the top 10 items that were found during the beach cleans. Charlie said “straws are something we constantly find on our beach cleans and litter picks here in Dorset. They are an item used on average for 20 minutes and then discarded, but far too often end up as litter in our green spaces and on the beach. All straws ever made still exist – as they are made up out of plastic they just break up into smaller and smaller pieces. We are linking up with the NUS who are working nationally to get people to have #TheLastStraw. We have a pledge to sign up to on our website, along with some tips – the simplest being to just say no to the straw!”
Litter Free Dorset News – November 2017
Posted : November 30, 2017
The Swanage launch event on the 24th October for the #BinYourButt campaign went down really well – it was attended by the mayor, town crier, and a representative from Litter-free Purbeck.
Since the initial auditing took place, the amount of cigarette butts that were counted in the High Street, Dorchester have fallen from 1,520, to 500.
A campaign package for the #BinYourButt campaign is being put together, along with a follow up report. The campaign package will be available to any community groups within Dorset to use – please get in touch if you are interested.
We are working with Dorset Waste Partnership on a new road side litter campaign, which will be launching in the New Year.
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FLAG News – November 2017
Posted : November 22, 2017
Four FLAG projects have had the final approval from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). The projects include providing an innovative safety ladder for 50 lone working fishermen, fishing vessel improvements, a pilot sea safety course that will allow fishermen to test the water before committing to the industry and some fishermen’s huts to help preserve small scale coastal fishing in the beautiful Lulworth Cove, work is now underway to deliver these.
The FLAG programme staff have also helped develop a number of projects for the main European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, these include a research project looking at the role of wrasse in southwest waters and various projects that will replace older fishing gear with more sustainable versions.
Martin is in Bavaria, Germany this week at a conference organised by FARNET, the European network of FLAGs. The conference will focus on how to integrate aquaculture into communities and will give Martin lots of new and different ideas about how to develop this sector in the Dorset and East Devon FLAG area. There is also a field trip planned so Martin can see first-hand some successful German FLAG aquaculture projects. Follow him on twitter for updates throughout the week @DorsetDevonFLAG
Rhiannon will be in Hastings later this week with all of the other English FLAGs. This is the second of these events; the first one was in Cornwall in May this year. These events are great for networking and sharing best practice between the FLAGs around England. Rhiannon will visit some successful Hastings FLAG projects while she is there.
The MMO have advised that engine replacement for commercial fishing vessels is now eligible for funding under EMFF. Full guidance can be found on MMO website here or you can contact email@example.com
For more information on the Dorset & East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group, visit their page: www.dorsetcoast.com/projects/FLAG
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