June update

CFB Waste Group and Plastic Free BOA had a successful stall at the Green Man Festival of Dance with lots of good conversations and people signing up to reduce their use of single use plastics.
Elaine Harvey, a Waste and Recycling officer for Wiltshire Council , spent an afternoon at Abbey Mill Amenity Housing talking about recycling. I attended to answer questions about CFB and everyone present learnt new things about waste and recycling. I will let the residents know about any new developments in recycling.
Local recycling of items not accepted by Wiltshire Council is increasing. The Health Centre Dental Practice has a Terracycle box for all things dental related – toothbrushes and their packaging,  toothpaste tubes  caps and boxes and  electric battery toothbrush heads. The only item they don’t collect is interdental “tepee” brushes. But fortunately that is the one item that is collected at The Dutch Barton Dental Practice!  Please put them in a small bag. Carter and Harding, the optician in The Shambles, have a box for used contact lenses and they take in old glasses and glasses cases which are sent  to Africa. The Co-op in Lambs Yard now has a box for crisp packets which is very well used.
See 10 tips for Going Green compiled by John Pearce in BOA Town Council’s Summer Newsletter. Tip of the month:  change your search engine to Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees. www.ecosia.org
Eunice Parker spoke at an assembly at Holbrook Primary School in Trowbridge about single use plastic and enthused the pupils about changing their behaviour.
We are sending a letter to the manufacturers of feminine hygiene products asking them to stop using plastic in the products and packaging.   Maureen Wood