Wimborne have been awarded Plastic Free Community status, a short 5 months after launching their campaign. Wimborne War on Waste have led this initiative in the town using the criteria set up by Surfers against Sewage. 388 communities are working towards Plastic Free Status with the marine charity with just 32 having so far achieved it. Wimborne became number 32 today, Friday 21stSeptember 2018.

The timing could not be better, Wimborne War on Waste are hosting a Plastic Free Street Party on Saturday 22nd September 2018 to celebrate the business and community groups who have worked together in this campaign. The event will be held across Wimborne Square, High Street and Minster Green between 12-4pm. There are workshops, balloon alternatives, live music, solar disco, bubble bar making, stalls, Bournemouth repair café will be fixing electrical and textile items, bag decorating, bunting making, crochet drop in, ukulele workshop, longsword dancing, maypole dancing, smoothie bike and much, much more. 20 businesses in town have created plastic themed window displays to promote the street party.  Flags are flying all across the town promoting Wimborne War on Waste, Wimborne and Colehill Fairtrade group and Plastic Free Wimborne.

The event is about inspiring, enabling, sharing ideas and celebrating those businesses, groups and individuals who have already made significant changes in their use of single use plastic. It is also about supporting those who may never have considered reducing their single use plastic before, and offering simple ideas, swaps and alternatives so that everyone can start to make changes, no matter how small! Wimborne BID have kindly sponsored a town straw amnesty. The public and businesses can bring along their unwanted plastic straws on the day to be safely recycled by Terra Cycle.
The stallholders and workshops are working in partnership with WoW’s ethos and come from a wide range of community and eco groups. There will be a ‘Plastic Free Heroes’ town trail for you to explore and shop windows with themed displays to find as part of a competition with exciting prizes! Tea, coffee a nd smoothies will be available from the town’s Fair Trade friends. You can even take a ride on their smoothie bike. 
All are welcome to join the Plastic Free Street Party at 12pm when the Mayor of Wimborne will be officially opening the event. Please spread the word and keep an eye on WoW’s Facebook, twitter and instagram pages for updates and more details. You can also contact WoW at wimbornewaronwaste@gmail.co m

Crockery and cutlery is provided and everyone is welcome. The public are asked to bring a plate of food to share (in a reusable container, of course). Wimborne War on Waste will be on hand to chat and inform and in particular you can find out why balloons blow.

I’ve attached our logos and street party poster. If you require any further information, please let us know.

Contact numbers

Jo 07788 478659

Sarah 07939 265501

Charley 07393 205677