Refills, recycling & litter

This Saturday sees our next Litter Pick in partnership with Broadstone in Bloom and comes on the back of the refreshing of the planting and the judging of the Broadway as part of the Poole in Bloom Competition.

Activities such as litter picks and improving the appearance of our public spaces have such a positive effect on social behaviour and we are grateful to everyone who takes part.

We know that many people out walking their dog or those out jogging pick up rubbish as they go, and this means that our regular cleansing events sometimes generate a lower level of waste than we might expect. We sometimes make the most of this opportunity to do some weeding and tidying around benches and verges. Anything you can do to improve your direct vicinity would be greatly appreciated.

If you are heading to the beach over the summer, look out for the 15 new hydration stations where you can top up with drinking water and make use of the existing 130 drinking water taps. Alongside using reusable coffee cups and brilliant wrapping solutions like wax wraps we can turn the tide on rubbish and reduce plastic in our oceans and rivers and reduce the work for the beach cleaning teams each morning.

We are frustrated that we still have not seen plans to introduce food waste collections in Poole despite the leader assuring us this would start in April 2023.
The Government had pledged to support councils with ‘new burdens funding’ to allow BCP council to invest in new refuse lorries but this has not yet transpired, and we have been calling on the council to use its Green Futures Fund to go ahead with the programme so we can further increase recycling rates in Poole.

We are also keen to look again at a community fridge in Broadstone and to restart Win on Waste, if you are interested in volunteering for either of these projects, please let Vikki know as they will require a new team of people to help run them.

To join the litter pick, meet us at Broadstone Rec at 9.30am and we will tackle the parks and Lower Blandford Road area.

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