This unique cycle themed cafe and workshop will be open seven days a week, offering coffee, cake and snacks, from locally sourced producers for cyclists, walkers and visitors alike.
So far over £275,000 worth of funding and in-kind support has been raised but help is needed to raise the final £75,000.
Winchester residents have the opportunity to become a bronze, silver or gold member of the Handlebar Cafe. Members will receive many benefits including discounts and access to special member only events.
Health and nature in the government's 25 year plan for the environment - HIWWT's Response The importance of nature for our health was recognised by the government last week in their 25 Year plan for the environment . Among the proposals were connecting more young people with nature through their schools, and prescribing nature-based experiences to help people with mental health issues. Read more about the proposals and the HIWWT's response here
12 January 2018
Recycling News - Single Use Coffee Cups A First for Gosport
A NEW recycling initiative has been launched to make better use of coffee cups – a UK first. Packaging manufacturer, Huhtamaki, have partnered with Gosport Borough Council to trial a new recycling initiative which will see paper cups and lids recycled and turned into new products. The launch of the scheme came ahead of calls from from the House of Common’s Environmental Audit Committee for all disposable coffee cups to be recycled by 2023. The committee is calling on the Government to introduce a 25p charge on coffee sold in disposable cups – the so-called ‘Latte levy” – with the money raised used to improve the UK’s reprocessing facilities and “binfrastructure”. Some shops already give discounts to customers who bring their own cups but these only represent around one or two per cent of the coffees purchased each year. The committee is also calling on the Government to penalise producers who make packaging that is difficult to recycle.
The Gosport scheme, will see two specialist cup recycling bins for paper cups and lids placed at Gosport town hall and the leisure centre, both of which are owned by the council. Huhtamaki will then collect the waste ensure it is recycled rather than going to landfill. New products including garden furniture, park benches and flower tubs will then be made from recycled materials.
Council leader Mark Hook said: “We’re one of the first boroughs to try such a scheme, and it’s a great opportunity to show how councils and manufacturers can be ambitious in finding innovative ways to recycle. “I look forward to working with Huhtamaki on this important issue.” Finnish-owned Huhtamaki’s Gosport plant is one of the biggest manufacturers of paper cups in the UK. Neil Whittall, global category director for speciality coffee at Huhtamaki added: “We have worked on a number of recycling initiatives with customers, consumers and charitable organisations, but this is the first where our primary partner in the scheme is a local authority. “We are looking forward to contributing towards increased recycling rates in Gosport Borough.”
Daily Echo, 11 January 2018
GREAT NEWS FROM TVBC.......
From 1 January 2018, TVBC carton banks will also be able to collect plastic coated coffee cups for recycling – so get collecting !
Refill Reading is a grassroots campaign started by Transition Town Reading. We are aiming to reduce the amount of disposable coffee cups going to landfill by encouraging people in our town to use reusable cups in cafes. This project has the support of both Reading Borough Council and a number of cafes across Reading.Why are we doing this?It is estimated that in the UK, over seven million disposable cups are handed out by cafes every day, or approximately 2.5 billion annually. Most of these cups are not recyclable due to the plastic lining within the paper cup, and so the waste cups go to landfill, where they may take up to thirty years to break down. For more information see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36882799 or www.transitionreading.org.uk/refillreading/
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One of the current campaigns of ‘Friends of the Earth’ (FOE) is Air Pollution. They have developed a ‘Clean Air Kit’ to help people uncover what air pollution is like near where they live.
Several members of TTR are taking part in this study, and we are looking for more people to take part – ideally in different parts of Romsey. .
The kits are now available for dispatch from FOE. Go to www.foe.co.uk/go/clean-air-kit to order one. The kit comprises an air-monitoring tube, which participants have to put up for at least two weeks, and then send back for analysis. It also includes tops tips for avoiding exposure to air pollution and how people can take action to clean up their dirty air.
FOE says that the analysis is the most expensive part of producing the Clean Air Kit, and so they are asking participants for a minimum donation of £15. If you would like to take part but are unable to afford the suggested donation, please contact us, as we may be able to help out with the cost of putting up tubes in areas not already covered.
This means that during the time the air monitoring tubes were up, NO2pollution levels at two locations were abovethelevel at which the annual legal limit is set. The highest being outside the Plaza Theatre at the roundabout. Interestingly, despite the press about high air pollution in Southampton, none of the tests done there were above the legal limit. The only other place in this area with an above average level was Lyndhurst.
However, this is a snapshot of the air pollution for the place and time being monitored. Lots of things affect pollution levels over the course of a year, such as variations in the weather. This means that annual average results could look very different from your snapshot. Air pollution levels also vary greatly depending on how close you put your tube to where the pollution comes from. So there’ll be a reduction in levels even a few metres away from the source.
Friends of the Earth state that they do know that most areas of the UK are currently failing to meet legal limits set by the EU. And that short term and long term exposure to NO2 can have significant negative health effects. Cancer, heart disease and asthma have all been linked to poor air quality, and it’s usually the most vulnerable in society, like children, who are at the most risk. We need urgent action to clean up our air and cut the number of vehicles on the road that are pumping out harmful pollution. See www.foe.co.uk for more information about air pollution.