New website brings together Hampshire’s environmental campaigns under one roof

With advice for groups and individuals, the website offers links to local waste collection groups, as well as recycling tips and a calendar of upcoming waste collections in the Solent region.

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Lissie Pollard, co-founder of the Final Straw Foundation. Photo: Sarah standing (201120-9272)

The two-year initiative is part of a larger project funded by the Interreg cross-Channel Plastic Pollution Prevention project.

The Final Straw Foundation, based in Emsworth, is one of the organizations that feature prominently in the hub.

Co-founder Lissie Pollard said: “We are one of the beneficiaries of this program and I think it’s fantastic.

“It’s great to have this central hub for people to find out about all the environmental work that’s going on in the Solent and how they can get involved themselves.

“We’ve been on this journey for a few years now, but there’s still a long way to go. There is a lot of information on this website and I hope it inspires more people to get into litter picking and make a real difference.

“I think it will be a huge success.”

The main objective of the Environment Agency is to reduce plastic pollution to create a better environment in five years.

Project leader Lizzie Lewis said: ‘Every year, around 14 million pieces of plastic waste end up in and around our waterways, with around 500,000 pieces flowing into our oceans, negatively affecting life and habitats. sailors.

“We know there is a lot of great work going on in the Hampshire patch to improve the health of rivers and coasts. This new online resource will collect and publicize this activity.

“By collating and recording watershed data, Interreg partners can create watershed-scale risk maps that identify plastic pollution hotspots. The results will help us focus our prevention efforts and hopefully encourage people to change their behaviors by following our waste hierarchy – avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle – to help our planet thrive.

Kate Ansell, Solent Forum Project Manager, added: “We are delighted to be part of this project which is helping to deliver our ambitions to reduce litter and plastics for the benefit of all Solent coastal communities.”

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