The term ‘Plastic Free’ can be puzzling, even misleading, how can we ever be Plastic Free? The concept of the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Communities Campaign centres on SINGLE USE plastic such as bottles, bags, coffee cups and straws. Many towns across Dorset have now achieved *single use Plastic Free Status.

This campaign focusses on our culture of using single use, how as a society we have become dependent on the convenience it brings and how we can bring about change by reducing. It encourages rethinking, it explores alternatives and it serves to encourage change. It isn’t about judgement it is about reaching out and having conversations.

Litter Free support the SAS initiative because of the community cohesion it brings. Not just in Dorset but with some 500+ towns and cities working towards the status, following the same set of guidelines, it brings about joined up thinking across the country. We believe that unity is the most powerful thing we as the public have, to bring about change.

~ Our Plastic Free Communities ~

DORCHESTER

Litter Free Dorset supported Dorchester to achieve their plastic free town status. The campaign was led by Damers First School and supported by Dorchester Town Council. Damers Eco Crew have run previous campaigns to reduce plastic in their community including the ‘refill’ campaign to encourage people to refill rather than buy a plastic bottle as well as the ‘Waxtastic – no plastic’ campaign to encourage people to not buy plastic clingfilm. At Damers, fruit comes loose in cardboard boxes, milk in reusable glass milk bottles with reusable beakers.

To support the campaign and find out more visit the Plastic Free Dorchester Facebook Page

Wimborne

Our working group partners Wimborne War On Waste led the plastic free campaign in Wimborne and achieved the status in just under 4 months, becoming a Plastic Free Community in September 2018! This encouraged other towns to take on the challenge. There was a Plastic Free Street Party to celebrate the communities success and encourage others to start there own plastic free journeys. Most recently the team have completed a bunting project where recycled fabric was used to adorn the town – plastic free style! Wimborne War On Waste work together with the local community in Wimborne and support all sorts of initiatives that reduce waste and remove single use plastic from our lives.

Check out the Wimborne War On Waste Facebook Page for current Plastic Free projects.

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis embraced the opportunity to become a Plastic-Free Community and quickly gained the SAS award in June 2018, becoming the first plastic-free community in Dorset and the 24th in the UK.

Plastic-free Lyme Regis continues to be very active in the community with hotels, guest houses, shops, restaurants and cafes demonstrating that they have eliminated unnecessary plastic usage and can, therefore, be accredited with their Plastic-Free Champion award. We have a presence at all major events and festivals in the town and introduce innovative initiatives and projects to reduce the use of plastic and raise awareness in our community.

In our town you will see shops & businesses proudly displaying their posters and plaques showing that they are part of this movement and supporting our local, national and global desire to reduce plastic waste in our oceans and on land.

Take a look at the Plastic-Free Lyme Regis Facebook Page and Website for more information.

Get Involved!

1. REMOVE

Remove 3 single use plastic items (plastic bags, food packaging, bottles,  straws, containers, cups and cutlery) and/or source alternatives (paper bags, reusable cups & cutlery).

Toolkits to help you remove SUP

2. REFILL

Refill is a practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street. All you need to do is offer free tap water refills to your customers.

More Info on Refill

3. RECYCLE

Boomerang Bags are bags which are made from recycled fabric and left in shops for other people to borrow and return when they are next in town. There really is no excuse for single use!

More info on Boomerang bags