Plastic Free Wenlock

Plastic Free Wenlock


We have been accredited for the year 2023 as ‘Plastic Free Much Wenlock’

We now begin our work to spread the word to stop using single use plastic for the year 2024


Laura Parker from National Geographic says……

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them. Plastic pollution is the most visible in developing Asian and African nations, where garbage collection systems are often inefficient or nonexistent. But the developed world, especially in countries with low recycling rates, also has trouble properly collecting discarded plastics. Plastic trash has become so ubiquitous it has prompted efforts to write global treaty negotiated by the United Nations.


To ensure a cleaner Earth for future generations we need to start tackling single-use plastic pollution at source.

We can all take-action in our own lives to reduce single-use plastic and join this nationwide movement.

Surfers against Sewage are creating the Plastic Free Community network to free where we live from single-use plastic.

You are a vital part of the movement…


There are many ways you can help,

As an individual, as a business, as a school……

To find out more about how you can get involved tackling single use plastic in Much Wenlock, click the link below

Deposit Return Scheme

Introduction to Deposit Return Scheme (DRS): What is it?

A Deposit Return Scheme is a system to encourage the reuse and recycling of drinks containers by paying a deposit for the container of the drink you buy which you get back when you return it.

Imagine it this way: you’re buying the contents, but renting the container.

Remember milkmen? It’s the same idea with plastic, glass and metal drinks containers. So, you buy your usual drink and it’s 20p more expensive than before, but you get this deposit back when you take it back to the shop, or post it into the reverse vending machine. This bottle can then be recycled, refilled and reused over and over. It’s as simple as that.

What has been going on in UK Government?

Over the past 7 years, governments across the UK have been promising to deliver a deposit return scheme. However, after years of delay from government and strong push back from producers and retailers, the future of the scheme becomes increasingly uncertain.

A simple scheme to ensure produces pay for the pollution they create and take pollution from our streets, beaches and ocean has become a political football across the UK. Despite over 40 countries across the world delivering similar schemes with great success, the UK government continue to bend to the pressure of lobbyists meddling in its future.

What does Surfers Against Sewage want?

We want to show governments across the UK that the public are sick of the pollution they see on their streets and that we see an all in Deposit Return Scheme as the next best step to deliver change. This means the scheme will apply to plastic, metal and glass containers. A scheme which is not ‘all- in’ and focuses on only ‘on-the-go containers’ would be a significant oversight. An ‘all-in’ scheme would generate £5.5 billion and save six times more carbon than an ‘on-the-go’ system.

This is something the government promised in their 2019 manifesto, but have recently indicated may not be the case. We must show the strong positive support for the plan and ensure governments hold strong in their plans to deliver schemes as soon as possible. With 8bn containers entering the environment with every year of delay in the UK – there is no time to waste.

More information on the need for a Deposit Return Scheme can be found on our 2023 Brand Audit Report here:

EARTH DAY – 22 April 24

Dear ClimateHeroes,

As guardians of our planet, it’s our collective responsibility to celebrate and protect Earth’s beauty and diversity. That’s why we’re thrilled to remind you that April 22 is Earth Day, a day dedicated to honoring our remarkable planet and taking action for a brighter future.
Earth Day: Planet vs. Plastics

This year, Earth Day’s theme is “Planet vs. Plastics” . It underscores the urgent need to combat plastic pollution and unite for the sake of human and planetary health. Did you know that of the 100,000 people who used our carbon calculator in the first quarter of 2024, an inspiring 48% have pledged to reduce their plastic usage? Your dedication to sustainability is truly inspiring!

What’s Earth Day all about?

Earth Day 2024 marks a pivotal moment in our fight against plastic pollution. is leading the charge, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of all plastics by 2040.

Together, we can achieve this ambitious goal by:

Raising Awareness: Spread the word about the harmful effects of plastic pollution on human and environmental health. Let’s demand more research and transparency on its impacts.
Taking Action: Commit to phasing out single-use plastics by 2030 and advocate for policies that support this transition. We’ll also push for a strong UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution by 2024.
Ending Fast Fashion: Say no to fast fashion and its excessive plastic consumption. Together, we’ll demand policies that address this urgent issue.
Investing in Innovation: Support the development of innovative technologies and materials to create a plastic-free world. Your contributions can drive real change!
Here’s how you can contribute:

We’re committed to empowering individuals like you to make a tangible impact on our environment. This Earth Day, we invite you to recalibrate your climate pledges by revisiting our carbon calculator and updating your commitments, and challenge your friends and families to do the same. Together, let’s amplify our efforts to reduce plastic waste and create a healthier planet for all.


Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, wreaking havoc on marine life and ecosystems.
Single-use plastics, such as straws and water bottles, contribute significantly to pollution, with billions being discarded annually.
By reducing our plastic usage, we can mitigate the harmful effects of pollution and preserve the beauty of our natural world for future generations.

Let’s rise to the challenge and make Earth Day 2024 a milestone in our journey towards a plastic-free future. Pledge to reduce your plastic usage, spread awareness, and advocate for sustainable practices in your community. Together, we can build a healthier, more sustainable planet for future generations.

Happy upcoming Earth Day,
The ClimateHero Team
Thank you for being a part of the ClimateHero community and for your commitment to making a positive impact on our planet. Together, we can create a more sustainable future for generations to come.





 Plastic Free Wenlock Champions

Simple Life Unwrapped

The Hair Gallery

Manor House B & B

The Fox

Nancy Helen Relishes

New Plastic Free Champions


Nancy Helen Relishes – ‘Have you met Claire, who has a stall in the Guildhall every Friday and Saturday? She sells delicious jams, marmalades, chutneys and more! She is our latest Business Champion for ‘Plastic Free Much Wenlock’. Clare has thought everything through and will not be handing out plastic carrier bags but encourages you to bring your own bag if you need one. Even the kitchen that has been installed for her business is second hand.’




 The Fox – Much Wenlock  – Mother Liz Borradaile and daughter Olivia Gabriel have received their ‘Plastic Free Champion’ award from ‘Surfers Against Sewage’, for their work to eliminate as much single use plastic as possible at the Fox pub in Much Wenlock. They are into recycling and refilling as much as possible. They already have their silver award and will be working to get their gold award.




Flour Power – Bread and More – Town Councillor, Duncan White, has set up a stall selling locally supplied fresh bread etc in the Guildhall on a Saturday morning. The town used to have a bakery but that shut and due to local demand Duncan has set up this business. Duncan is determined to not use any single use plastic in his business. He is now a ‘Community Ally’ supporting and promoting ‘Plastic Free Much Wenlock.’




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