Waste - Process Litter
If the 20th Century saw us become the most consumerist society that has ever lived it also saw us become the most wasteful too. As resources deplete, how we reduce our consumption, reuse and recycle our waste is surely going to be one of the key factors of the next 100 years.
Add that to the fact that we have got to keep our carbon footprint to an absolute minimum to prevent any further climate change, and you can simply see why mass burning all that waste simply isn't an option or shouldn't be, certainly when there are a great many other viable alternatives to be considered and put in place, for the sake of the planet and its people.
PL:21's roots stem from its association with the Ivybridge Environmental Action Group an organization that became synonymous with its regular River Erme clean ups initiated by Tess Wilmot in 2003. They remain very much a part of PL:21's Process Litter objectives.
This close partnership between the two organizations saw one of PL:21's first projects in 2008 attempt to help Ivybridge go plastic bag free, in response to its neighbour Modbury's fantastic lead.
By showing the film Message in the Waves, created by Modbury's very own Rebecca Hosking, and backing it up with a talk by Dr Richard Thompson of Plymouth University on Micro-plastic In The Environment enough interest was generated to see an Ivybridge Bag being produced from recycled material and then sold at the Ivybridge Information Centre.
In 2009 first news of a proposed mass burn incinerator was released to the Ivybridge public, causing a new fervour connected to environmental issues to be induced within the town, a campaign against the proposals predominantly headed up by the protest group Ecoivy was put in place and other organizations joined forces notably DAIA, CAVIL and SHFOE to oppose the plan. PL:21 leaned support and leading committee members helped instigate a proposal for a cleaner, greener alternative in the form of 'Option 7' to be considered instead. A series of events were arranged within the town to publicize this new solution.
If your heart lies in how we deal with our waste today and with regards to the generations to come. Why not get in touch and help with how we Process Litter in the future.