A local resident has set up a recycling and plastic-free program in Calverton.
Jess Feargrieve, who lives in the village with her husband Craig, 15-month-old daughter Nellie and two dogs, says the response to her new initiative has been “amazing”.
“Becoming a parent has made me revaluate many things and I think it makes you look at the world in a slightly different way,” said Jess (pictured here with her daughter).
“The world we are in now will not be the world my child will grow up in if we do not act. We are the last generation that can actually do something about the problems we are facing regarding single-use plastics.
“I have always done my bit when it comes to recycling, or so I thought, but it turns out that doing our bit isn’t actually enough anymore. I decided I needed to do more and the community has really come together on this.
“So far, I have set up a drop-off point for items that are deemed non-recyclable. People can take these items and they will then be boxed up and sent to TerraCycle, a company who can recycle anything.
“I have met with my local MP who is fully backing the project. I have set up a Facebook group that in just a few days had nearly 300 members.
“I am organising a plastic-free pop-up shop event for local businesses who have gone plastic-free to come and have a stall and promote what they are doing and to encourage other businesses to do the same.
“The event will help to raise money for the organisation Surfers Against Sewage, a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
“I cannot thank the community in Calverton enough for the support they have shown.”
For information on how to get started, people can email .