Saturday 2 March to Sunday 17 March​

Saturday 2 March: Turning the tide on plastic

Photo: Strandliners

TALK 1pm-2.15pm: Strandliners
Strandliners is a Sussex -based grassroots action group seeking to tackle plastic pollution by collecting plastic waste from our local beaches, coasts and riverbanks then tracing and analysing its source – providing a data-rich picture for preventative action. Executive Director Andy Dinsdale will be explaining what their analysis has revealed and how everyone can get involved with a practical demonstration of citizen science – or ‘rummaging through rubbish’!

Photo: The Ocean Clean-Up

TALK 2.30pm-3.15pm: The Ocean Clean-Up
The Ocean Clean-Up is billed as ‘the largest clean-up in history’. The non-profit organisation works both to intercept plastic in the world’s rivers and clean up the 5 trillion pieces of plastic already in the ocean. Manager Ewan Topping will explain how its ambitious floating systems have already removed over 9 million kilos of trash from the sea – and what’s needed now to meet its goal to remove 90% of floating ocean plastic by 2040.

PLUS: The biggest plastic polluters, Top steps to reduce waste, What can I recycle locally? And the Recycling Wall of Shame!

Thursday 7 March: What really happens to our rubbish?

What really happens to our rubbish?

7pm-9.30pm, upstairs at the Elephant & Castle Pub, White Hill, Lewes, BN7 2DJ, FREE
Join an expert panel to ask your questions about Lewes’ kerbside waste and recycling – what we can put out and where it all goes. Panellists are: Neil Peters – Community Recycling Engagement Officer at Environment First for Lewes District Council; Wendy Maples – Lewes District Council Cabinet Member for Waste & Recycling); and Cat Fletcher – Co-founder of Freegle, former Re-use Manager for Brighton & Hove and voted the UK’s ‘Legend of Waste’ in 2019.

Saturday 9 March: Reuse, repurpose, remake

11.30am- 12.30pm: Workshop:
Trainer Repair with Pair Ups
Local green runner Darren Evans and founder of Pair Ups demonstrates his innovative kit to extend your trainers’ life for hundreds more miles!
PLUS: SuperLooper – the local baby clothing rental enterprise tackling textile waste

12pm-2pm: Workshop: Darn it!!
Bring your holey socks, jumpers and more to learn how to darn like a pro with Lewes Repair Café’s team of sewists.

TALK 1pm-3pm: Redesigning rubbish
How can we create a ‘circular economy’ that can loop the world’s finite resources and replace our current destructive system of “make, use, waste”? Dougal Fleming of Clean Growth UK, from University of Brighton, explores exciting green innovations in construction, packaging, textiles and more that can create regenerative systems by mimicking nature.

Sunday 17 March: The Big Lewes Litter Pick

10.30am-12 midday– meet at The Gallops entrance on Nevill Road
Join Litter Free Lewes for a town-wide litter-picking event, starting at the entrance to The Gallops on Nevill Road at 10.30 a.m. and collecting litter by various routes to finish at Cliffe High Street.
Anybody can join in – just sign up on the Litter Free Lewes Facebook group or contact so that enough equipment can be provided. If you have your own equipment, just turn up with it on the day!


Join us in the Great Plastic Count
Monday 11-Sunday 17 March

As part of the ‘Rethink Rubbish’ season, Lewes Climate Hub is encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the Great Plastic Count where schools, households, community groups and businesses  across the UK measure how much plastic waste they generate for a week.

Almost a quarter of a million people took part in The Big Plastic Count in 2022. That revealed that almost 2 billion pieces of plastic packaging are being thrown away a week. This year, you can help build even more evidence to convince UK ministers to lead the way for a Global Plastics Treaty to phase out plastic pollution for good.

Find out more and sign up here and tell us at that you’re involved.

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