Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Plastic action in Lyme Regis

Sidmouth hopes to do better with its plastic waste:
Futures Forum: Make Sidmouth plastic free > campaigns, actions and petition launched

With further initiatives happening in Devon:
Refill Devon - Refill • Water refill points on every street.
Welcome to Refill Devon | Don't let Devon go to waste

Meanwhile down the coast just over the border into Dorset, Lyme Regis is doing very well:

Dear Turn Lyme Green  Supporters

As February is about to start, another welcomed beach clean is being held right on our own beachfront.  And don’t forget the Great Nurdle Hunt in Charmouth on the 17th.  Also in February are our annual fruit tree pruning workshops – see below – and TLG’s monthly meeting on the 13th.

Lyme Regis Beach Clean – Monmouth Beach  This Sunday, 4th February

1.45 for 2pm – 3pm.
Report to the RNLI office at the harbour at 1.45 for a briefing before setting out across Monmouth Beach.  Everything you need is provided.  Gloves a good idea and sturdy footwear. 
All are welcome, but please remember that children under 18 must be accompanied. 

The Great Nurdle Hunt – Charmouth beach, meet at the Heritage Coast Centre. Saturday 17th February

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.  Meet at the Heritage Coast Centre.

Organised by the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, meet  at the bottom of the Centre’s steps.  Stay for as much or as little as you like.  All equipment is provided.  You could stop in and see Attenborough’s Sea Dragon now on display.

Nurdles are tiny plastic pellets used to make most of our plastic products. Unfortunately, spillages and mishandling by industry mean that nurdles escape and get washed into the sea. It is estimated that 53 billion nurdles escape into the UK environment each year!  Due to their tiny size, nurdles are mistaken as prey and eaten by marine wildlife and they move up the food chain. Unfortunately nurdles also act as sponges in the sea, attracting pollutants. Nurdles are regularly seen on beaches, including Lyme’s own, especially on Church Beach.  

What can you do to help? Pick up nurdles! The more we collect, the fewer end up in the sea. Always make sure you wear gloves when handling nurdles as they contain toxins.  Nurdles have been spotted on Lyme’s Church Beach.  Head that way and take a bag and some gloves to help get rid of them.

We will publicise the date of the Great Dorset Beach Clean here in Lyme Regis in April.


More Lyme Regis businesses are joining the Re-Fill scheme which has received so much national publicity recently.  Refill is a free tap water initiative designed to reduce plastic pollution and promote healthy hydration by making refilling a water bottle easy, social and rewarding!  Hats off to the 12 businesses taking part in Lyme Regis .. as others join we will let you know.    If anyone wishes to join, just contact Litter Free Coast and Sea who co-ordinate locations in Dorset.  There is also an app which can show ReFill locations near where you are.

Penny Black Café                                Cornish Bakery
Aroma Coffee House                           Galley Café
The Good Food Store                          Roly’s Fudge Pantry
Mulberry Manor                                 Bell Cliff Restaurant
Frank & Beans Gelateria                     Tierra Kitchen
Alexandra Hotel                                  Red Panda


Ten years ago, Turn Lyme Green was launched:

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