Plastic Free Broadford & Beyond
What: Environmental Action Group
Where: Broadford and Beyond
After a huge turnout at the inaugural meeting in February a smaller plastics group reconvened in June at the Growers’ Hub to consult on the key issues with Trish Rogers, as a director of Broadford and Strath Community Company , acting as chair and minute secretary. Members decided which projects they wanted to work on and have given progress reports at the two subsequent meetings in August and September. There was a successful ‘alternative to plastics’ and ecobrick display at the Broadford Gala with a lot of interest shown and uptake of leaflets. The alternative to plastic stock will be made available on loan to groups where Plastic Free Broadford and Beyond members attend to extend awareness and encourage sales. Two workshops have been arranged for October (Ecobricking) & November (Fabric produce- bag making) both at Growers’ Hub. Contact has been made with most of the key players in connection with the projects underway and a funding bid has been made to the Climate Challenge Fund to support Precious Plastics, a Project Officer and Ecobrick facility. The next meeting will be Thursday 24th October 4.30-6pm at the Broadford Co-op Community Room (venue TBC).
At the latest meeting further progress was shared by those heading up the different projects with the following workshops planned :-
- Ecobricking drop-in Monday 21st October 10am-12pm
- Produce-Bag making Monday 4th November 10am-1pm both at Growers’ Hub
- Anne Maclennan taking over ‘Alernatives to Plastic’ pop-up shop stock from Judith and will make this available on loan to sell at groups attended by members.
- Interest in working with the Co-op across Skye expressed at Climate Change meeting. Hoped that the ‘Produce bags’ will be a useful substitute to plastic bags and request to be made to Co-op manager to stop plastic carriers being offered at the check-out. Letter has been drafted to Head Office with comments welcome.
- Suggested that the clean-up around the Co-op might be organised by members of Extinction Rebellion with support of plastics group members.
- Tom Stephens informed us of company in Dumfries using single use plastics in asphalt-making process- something of which Highland Council is apparently aware. Local Councillor to be contacted.
- Separately Trish Rogers to contact Highland Council to arrange open meeting about their recycling policy.
- Trish also in communication with Scottish Water re ‘Top Up Tap‘- unable to provide free due to high demand so awaiting a price for installation.
- Tom Prentice underway with procuring machinery for upcycling. Crowdfunding page available for anyone wishing to contribute to start-up costs.
- Judith likely to become liaison person for the School Eco Committee.
- Application has gone in to Climate Challenge Fund for Precious Plastics/Project Officer/Eco Brick facility.
- Decided to liaise with Danielle Macdonald’s ‘Zero Waste Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh‘ facebook / social media page as best means of communication between area groups.
- Several members took part in the Global Climate Strike march over the Skye Bridge with a total of around 100 people attending.
Time frame: 2019 – Present
Location: Growers Hub for meetings
Benefits to the community: A better, cleaner, safer, and environmentally friendly community.