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Plastic Free Day – 3rd July

Plastic Free Day – 3rd July
Posted : June 19, 2018

On July 3rd 2018 challenge yourself, workplace or school to a Zero Waste Lunch.

Litter Free Coast and Sea have created an annual Plastic Free Day to help individuals, teams and schools cut down on single use plastic and find alternatives that are more sustainable.

This year Litter Free Coast and Sea are asking you to challenge yourself, workplace or school to have a Zero Waste Lunch on the 3rd July. A Zero Waste Lunch is one that uses as little single-use plastic as possible. You might have to do things a bit differently, however Litter Free Coast and Sea have provided some tips on their website (www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk) to get you thinking about reusable containers and single-use plastic free alternatives.

Craig Bowden, from Litter Free Coast and Sea said “Have you ever sat back and considered the amount of single-use plastic lunch time can consist of? Sandwiches wrapped in cling film, a chocolate wrapper, yogurt pots, plastic cutlery, plastic water bottles, it sometimes seems impossible to avoid the large amounts of single-use plastic consumed in our lunch break. It may seem like a difficult challenge but there is a huge number of alternatives out there. Ditching single-use plastic, even just for your lunch hour has never been easier and it could save you money too. When was the last time your team/friends got together and had lunch together? Here is a great excuse to get together and help reduce your impact on the environment”.

This year alone, the UK will use 16.5 billion pieces of plastic cutlery, 42 billion straws and 4.1 billion single-use drinks cups and lids. Although there is a growing movement towards reducing the impact of single use plastic, Litter Free Coast and Sea hope that by taking part in their Plastic Free Day you can help them keep this momentum going, helping Dorset and the rest of the UK ditch single use plastic once and for all.

If you, your workplace or school would like to take part, please visit www.literfreecoastandsea.co.uk to find out more, including top tips, competitions, posters to download and display and links to help make Dorset’s lunch hour on the 3rd July plastic free.

Remember to share images of your zero waste lunch on social media using #litterfreecoastandsea #zerowastelunch #plasticfreeday

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Free Public WiFi on Weymouth Seafront

Free Public WiFi on Weymouth Seafront
Posted : June 14, 2018

Weymouth seafront now has digital connectivity in the form of free public Wi-Fi installed along the esplanade.  The Wi-Fi hotspot starts at the beach office close to the Kings Statue. It reaches a 150m radius around this popular seafront location.

Installation of Weymouth seafront’s free public Wi-Fi was funded as part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio. The aim is to enhance digital connectivity along Dorset’s coast, thereby promoting and boosting the Dorset economy.  The Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio of 18 projects received funding from the Coastal Communities Fund, and is coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum.

Dorset Connections Project Officer Nikki Parker-Goadsby said, “we are really pleased that Weymouth Seafront is the first to benefit from the Digital Connectivity funding which aims to promote Weymouth to visitors coming to the Dorset coast.  The delivery team and contractor, LAN3 have achieved an excellent job delivering the Wi-Fi network on the seafront within time and budget.  We look forward to more coastal communities also receiving free public Wi-Fi as part of this project over the next year.”

Cllr Richard Nickinson, Briefholder for Economic Development, said: “We recognise the increasing importance of being connected in this digital world. Both residents and visitors can benefit from instant connection to the internet using the free Wi-Fi. Why not use it to help you best enjoy your time in the town? We want to thank the Dorset Coastal Connections team for supporting the town in this way.”

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Recruiting: Dorset Coast Forum Coordinator

Recruiting: Dorset Coast Forum Coordinator
Posted : June 7, 2018

The Dorset Coast Forum Coordinator position is now open for applications on the DorsetForYou website: https://jobs.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/natural-environment-dorset-county-council-dorset-coast-forum-co-ordinator-30-hours-per-week-dorchester/26228.job

We are looking for an experienced Co-ordinator for the Dorset Coast Forum who will manage a range of projects including the Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group, The Dorset Coastal Connection Project and Litter Free Coast and Sea. Hosted by Dorset County Council, the successful candidate will have responsibility for managing the team, lead on external funding bids for relevant projects and core funding together communicating with over 270 DCF member organisations. If you excel in partnership working, bid writing, project management, have an ability to work creatively and in a fast-paced environment please follow the link to apply. This is a part time role based at County Hall in Dorchester.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 24th June

Interview date: Monday 16th July

For an informal discussion about this vacancy please contact Bridget Betts on 01305 224760.

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