Plastic Waste

Plastic Waste

Plastic pollution is causing great damage to our environment.

In February 2020, the Group took part in a Mass Unwrap event at the Co-op.

48 shoppers took part over two hours.

The vast majority had their own reusable bags and for the most part were supportive of the campaign.

We collected a total of 92 items of which:

  • 50 items (54%) was plastic film not recyclable
  • 14 items were non recyclable (e.g. plastic nets, dirty cardboard inserts)
  • 12 rigid plastic trays which can be recycled on the doorstep collection
  • 16 plastic food bags which can be recycled at larger supermarkets

The recyclable packaging weighed 850 grams, the non recyclable items weighed 100 grams

Plastic Tree Guards

A further environmental issue we are tackling is the scourge of redundant plastic tree guards.  Plastic guards are usually used at planting time to protect saplings from grazing by, for example, rabbits and deer.  Once the trees have become established the guards should be removed.  Unfortunately often they aren’t.  Many of the trees planted in the village, some over thirty years ago, still have the remains of the guards, broken and brittle,  clinging to them.

Commencing in November 2020, Environment Group volunteers have now removed almost all the guards from Bracken Ghyll Golf Course and are planning to remove many more from other locations in the village including from more recently planted woodland on the Moorside.

Sadly much of the very dirty plastic from the old guards has had to be binned but the newer tubes can be re-used or if necessary re-cycled.