Next community beach cleans
- Monday 28th May – at Deal Beach – Deal pier 9:30am start
- Tuesday 5th June – on Walmer Beach – Walmer Castle beach side car park – time to be confirmed
Other up and coming events
- Saturday 5th May – Seedy Saturday – the Landmark Centre (in the garden)
- Tuesday 10th July – Deal in Bloom – keep an eye on Deal Town Council’s web page for details
A round up of #PlasticFreeDeal’s launch week – 15th to 21st April 2018
Our campaign to reduce single use plastics got off to a great start! There was a lot of interest at our daily information stall and people told us they were trying to reduce their use of plastics at home.
It seems that a lot of people understand the need to reduce our use of plastic and are willing to do their bit to make it happen. We would love to hear stories of how it’s going from those who are taking up the challenge at home!
We’re also encouraged by the many businesses who are taking this issue seriously. Many have already begun the process, exchanging plastic trays and cups for compostable alternatives, for instance, or chucking out their plastic straws.
Roisin Murray’s reminiscence evening at Smugglers Records encouraged people to remember how we used to manage before the age of plastic. The talk by Brian Rumbelow of Dover District Council was fascinating and informative – who knew, for instance, that we should be recycling our plastic bottles with their lids on? We learnt where our rubbish goes for processing and that most of it is in Britain.
If you’d like to know more go to the DCC website. It appears that our recycling rate generally struggles to reach 50%!
In the sunshine at the Landmark garden to the music of Deal’s famous ukulele band, visitors of all ages created a fantastic plastic fish from rubbish found on our beach, as well as smaller art works that can be found in our gallery. People could buy beeswax alternatives to cling film, learn how to make origami bowls and plant holders from toilet rolls and eat cake!
The challenge is still there, now that the campaign has been launched. Businesses are still signing up for their own challenges and looking for ways they can work together to create a #PlasticFreeDeal.
We are planning more events in the summer so if you’re interested in helping out please get in touch!