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Think outside the box and cut the cardboard at Christmas

Recycling stats in Somerset show a rise in cardboard collected at the kerbside every January – and the mountain keeps growing.

Somerset Council is asking residents if they can think outside the box and cut out the cardboard?

Somerset sees a rise in cardboard and other materials in residents recycling at Christmas. As our habits for shopping online continue, the amount of cardboard in our recycling continues to rise.

Each January the amount of cardboard collected rises, seeing as much as an extra 682 tonnes – a whopping 44% increase.

This rise not only means more waste to recycle, but it fills the trucks more quickly meaning extra trips to the depot, adding to every parcel’s overall carbon footprint.

Cllr Dixie Darch Executive Lead Member for Environment and Climate Change said: “Recycling is great and helps to protect the environment, but avoiding waste – such as additional packaging – is even better. If we think local we can all help to reduce the amount of waste we produce.”

As the festive season nears, Somerset Council is asking shoppers if they could cut the card to help the planet and the Somerset economy?

  • Buy gifts that don’t need boxes – vouchers for restaurants, attractions or pampering treatments; subscriptions for a streaming service; or memberships for trusts or clubs.
  • Go off-line – shop on the High Street and cut out the extra packaging that comes with online delivery.
  • Shop on-line but local – local retailers can often deliver to your door and they tend to use less packaging than the big multi-nationals.

Separating your recycling at the kerb is the best way to make sure it gets properly recycled and recycled close to home. Last year 97% of Somerset’s recycling stayed in the UK thanks to kerbside sorting.

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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. 

Your organisation and contact details

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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