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Take on the challenge to go single-use plastic free this July

Somerset Council is backing the movement to go single-use plastic free and asking residents to be part of the solution to plastic pollution. 

Last year Somerset households recycled close to 6,500 tonnes of plastic, which equates to roughly 29 lorry loads a month.

Plastic recycling is great, but choosing to refuse single-use plastic is even better.   Plastic Free July is a global initiative working towards a world free of plastic waste. And by taking up the challenge to make a change each day this July could create a good habit for life. 

The Plastic Free July team are asking people to join the movement by taking on the Plastic Free July challenge and take the Pesky Plastics Quiz. 

Signing up to the Plastic Free July challenge is the easiest way to help people:  discover the plastic free solutions that suit them be counted alongside the millions of people who are making a difference contribute to the global success of Plastic Free July.

Kirsty Larkins, Somerset Council’s Service Director for Climate and Sustainability said: “We know that people in Somerset love being part of a green and diverse landscape and we can all play our part to help keep it special. Somerset Council is committed to a greener, more sustainable county. We want to encourage our residents to join the pledge to make plastic-free choices during July and beyond.”

Simple changes we can all make to go plastic free include:  Opt for the plastic free, or no packaging alternatives. Loose fruit and vegetables are available in many supermarkets or pick items wrapped in paper rather than plastic.  Use a reusable water bottle. Somerset has five, free-to-use tap water stations – find your local one online. Switch from bottle to bar for your bathroom products. Somerset has many re-fill shops, support local businesses while picking up your plastic free alternatives.  When plastic cannot be avoided, much of it can be recycled in the weekly kerbside collections throughout Somerset – use the Bright Blue Bag for plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays. 

Plastic bags and wrapping are not currently part of our collections, though we are taking part in national trials that should pave the way for kerbside collections of these materials in years to come.    

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge

 

Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

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What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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