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Campaigners urge businesses to sign up to free water bottle refill scheme

The Refill sticker businesses can put in their window

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 2nd November 2018
Story by Byron Melton

 

HUNDREDS of businesses in Havant could benefit by joining a free water bottle refill scheme.

That’s the message from campaigners who are throwing their weight behind the smartphone application Refill in the fight against single-use plastics.

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Fight over future of Langstone field as owners confirm talks with housing developers – despite Havant council’s no-build covenant

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 27th October 2018
Story by Byron Melton

 

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to fight controversial plans for housing on land historically placed off-limits by the council.

It comes as the future of Southmere Field is thrust into uncertainty after its owner confirmed they are in talks with residential developers.

The nine-acre Langstone Road site, between Havant and Hayling Island, is protected by a no-build covenant imposed by Havant Borough Council in 1980.

Its owner Fasset Limited said no sale of the land is being advertised but admitted it is trying to get the site included in the council’s local plan.

Havant campaigner and historian, Ann Griffiths, said any development on the site would be a ‘disaster for the wider community’.

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Plastic recycling crisis as first council plans to tell households to bin plastic

Swindon has said it wants households to put mixed plastic items, such as yogurt pots and plastic trays, in the bin with regular waste CREDIT – MAARIGARD

Published on The Telegraph website on the 18th October 2018
Story by Katie Morley, Consumer Affairs Editor

 

The first council in the UK has said it is planning to tell residents to stop recycling mixed plastic, sparking fears that years of progress on reducing black bag waste is on the verge of going into reverse.

It comes as the Environment Agency is understood to be investigating the plastics recycling industry over claims that millions of tonnes of plastic is never actually recycled, meaning consumers may have been wasting time separating plastic waste.

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