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Costa Cup Recycling Project

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Coffee Cup waste is a big problem for the 21st Century. There is an estimated 3 billion paper cups used each year in the UK alone.

Of great concern is that ONLY 0.25% of that 3 billion is recycled.

Costa has however launched a huge cup recycling project, recycling ANY brand , yes ANY, paper coffee cup (most of the types of cups that can be recycled). Costa’s mission is to recycle 30 million take away coffee cups each year.

You can take your single-use coffee cups into over 2,000 Cost’s across the UK to recycle them. BOTH the Costa Coffee shops in Portishead are part of this cup recycling project.

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Buying Far more plastic than Easter Egg

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Plastic and cardboard packaging makes up more than a quarter of product weight in some of the UK’s best-selling chocolate eggs. Packaging alone accounts for up to a quarter, on average, of the total weight of the most popular Easter eggs on sale on the High Street, new research has revealed.

The worst offender in the top 10 best-selling branded eggs analysed by Which? was Thorntons’ Classic Large Egg, where the cardboard box and plastic make up more than a third (36.4%) of the product’s weight.

The second-worst was Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Egg that has a packaging weight percentage of 28.1%, while Mars’s Milk Chocolate Easter Egg and Chocolate Bar and Cadbury’s Creme Giant Egg both weighed in at just above the 25% average at 25.5% and 25.1% respectively.

For many years chocolate eggs made headlines for the volume of packaging which ended up in landfill at Easter, with manufacturers and retailers criticised for not doing more to reduce it and make it more recyclable.

Choose your Easter eggs wisely. Look for only those that use foil and cardboard.

Here is a link to the Petition to stop Easter Egg Manufacturers using plastic.

https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/act/tell-easter-egg-manufacturers-go-plastic-free?refsid=625452

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Collaborative Community

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We are able to support the very successful Portishead in Bloom team by litter picking the planned judging route during the days before the event and we have also been invited by them to be one of the community groups who meet the judges to talk about our activities and initiatives. We have been part of this for four years.

We also like to support the Portbury 100 group who litter pick the main road into Portishead by recording their collections on our Litter Log, which we keep for local groups and individuals and which is included in our publicity.

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Terracycle in Portishead

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Our involvement in the Crisp Packet recycling scheme has now come to an end following the closure of the scheme by Terracycle so many thanks to our team who ran seven day a week collections from bins situated in Waitrose, The Youth Centre and Parish Wharf Leisure Centre. Many hundreds of black bin liners of both crisp packets and other related potato products were collected and delivered to the collection point run by Conductive Education Bristol who were able to receive the reward points from Terracycle enabling them to run sessions for their special needs children with Donkeys for the Disabled.

We are still running the Writing Materials scheme which we started in 2018. This involves collection boxes situated in all of the Primary Schools in Portishead, The Ship Inn and Simply Green Zero Waste (Portishead’s plastic free shop) these boxes are collected by Kate, one of our volunteers, she then takes them to St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol, our nearest official collection site. They are then able to pass on the rewards from Terracycle to a school in Uganda.

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7 Inventions that are Literally saving our Oceans

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There are so many people out there that are working hard to think up solutions to our Oceans problems.  From edible water packaging, to the Sea Bin Project, which Turn the Tide have been involved in, in Portishead, to Eco six pack rings. Check them out! in this article (click the link below). 

There may be some of those 7 inventions that you could use to make a change, that helps our environment just a little bit.

A one person change, becomes a group change, becomes a town or city change, becomes a country change and hopefully a global change. 

Let us know what you might do differently in 2020. 

Click on this link –

 https://interestingengineering.com/7-inventions-that-are-literally-saving-our-oceans