Community Allies

Community Allies are an integral part of helping Saltash start and build on its journey to turn the tide on plastic pollution. Together we’re tackling avoidable single-use plastic, from beaches
and green spaces all the way back to the brands and businesses who create it.

What Is A Community Ally?

To be a Community Ally, Community Spaces need to make the Plastic Free Communities Pledge and also support Plastic Free Saltash. That could be by hosting an event, putting up awareness posters, taking part in the community litterpicks or raising money to support the wider Plastic Free Communities campaign.

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Plastic Free Allies
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Plastic Free Schools
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Plastic Free Champions

#1 Community Enterprises PL12

Community Enterprises PL12 is an organisation set up to benefit the PL12 postcode area. They provide a number of different services including The Saltash Card, Saltash Hopper, the Community Hub, Dementia voice and much more.

Everything they do is aimed at making the PL12 area an even better place to live, work and visit.

The Hub at 4 Fore Street is open to everyone for information and Hopper bookings. You’ll also find a great range of eco-friendly products for your home too.

Actions To Date

  • Water bottle refill station 
  • Their volunteers work with Saltash Scrapstore, helping run workshops using their donated items.
  • Only use paper bags in the shop.
  • Sell a range of eco-friendly plastic alternative products.
  • Run several recycling schemes, to reduce items going to landfill. They can recycle items like inkjet cartridges, gadgets including old phones & costume jewellery.
  • As a community hub, they display information from other environmental organisations, to help promote plastic-free & more sustainable living

#2 Tamar Trotters

The Tamar Trotters have been running in Saltash for over 20 years. They cater for all ages and abilities and even have a thriving juniors section.
You will see them out running on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from their base at Saltash Rugby Club.

Tamar Trotters Saltash

Actions To Date

  • Stopped buying single use plastic cups that they used to have at the water stations at our races- this year they are providing silicone, reusable cups for all runners.
    Asking club members to bring their own bottles to use.
  • Will no longer use balloons at their dinner/dance events and also their fun, social events where they have games.
  • Stopped using table confetti for their dinner/dance events.
  • Stopped buying milk in plastic bottles for teas on a club night. Instead they have had milk delivered in glass bottles. 
  • Checked with all their suppliers that they no longer provide their kit in plastic, this goes for their race medal providers also. 
  • Someone has suggested wooden medals. (Currently looking into that). 
  • Regularly ask their members to donate their old running kit for various homeless or kit recycling initiatives

#3 Livewire

“Making Music, Changing Lives”
Livewire is an independent long-standing youth charity based on the banks of the River Tamar in Saltash, Cornwall, offering support to young people through music and traditional youth work, helping steer them through the trials and tribulations of growing up.

Actions To Date

  • Stopped buying plastic bottle drinks and reverted back to cans
  • Have stopped using plastic bags for penny sweets in favour of paper bags
  • Have reverted to cardboard reusable cups for hot drinks
  • Have also purchased ‘Livewire’ reusable plastic glasses for gigs and other events.

#4 The Core

The Core aims to provide young people with opportunities and activities which help build positive relationships, strengthen and develop self esteem/confidence and empower them to have a positive impact on their community.

Actions To Date

  • Taken away plastic bin bags in our small bins
  • Changed from plastic bottles to cans in our tuck shop
  • Removed all paper towels in the toilets (although not plastic still a good change)
  • Refill both our hand wash and our washing up liquid bottles instead of buying new ones
  • Use biodegradable food containers for our fund-raising nights when we serve food and wooden cutlery
  • Have a recycling bin in the cafe area
  • Taken out the complimentary baby wipes in the baby changing toilet
  • Stopped laminating posters
  • We do refills for peoples water bottles
  • Stopped buying individually wrapped biscuits for our youth groups and only offer ‘nude’ biscuits
  • Use paper bags for our tuck shop
  • Stopped using straws completely
  • Do not buy serviettes for events anymore we are just using up the stock which was left from when the cafe was open.

#5 SEA - Saltash Environmental Action

Working to improve our beautiful environment. We are passionate people working together for a world where we all share responsibility for the future wellbeing of our planet and ourselves.

#6 Saltash Library

Saltash Library and Information Service is managed by Saltash Town Council, supported by Cornwall Council.

Actions To Date

  • Signed the Pledge
  • Advertising to raise awareness in all the Council Noticeboards
  • Share success stories of those in the community who are taking the pledge to become an allie or are awarded as a Plastic Free Champion
  • Switched to Refill Cleaning Products
  • Staff litterpick at the waterfront
  • Switching to compostable dishcloths and scrubbers
  • Stopped Laminating Posters
  • Encourage all suppliers to not use single use plastics on our deliveries
  • Stopped using plastic waste bin liners in offices

Currently looking into the following:

  • Removing all glitter products and straws from the library
  • Holding educational talks at the library
  • Refill printer toner cartridges
  • Refillable Pens and recyclable stationary
  • Packaging for Scrapstore

#7 Saltash Guildhall

The Guildhall and Council Chamber are great rooms for hire to hold a variety of events. The rooms can be hired for meetings, dance classes, birthday parties, exhibitions, family celebrations, local fundraising events.

Actions To Date

  • Signed the Pledge
  • Advertising to raise awareness in all the Council Noticeboards
  • Share success stories of those in the community who are taking the pledge to become an allie or are awarded as a Plastic Free Champion
  • Switched to Refill Cleaning Products
  • Staff litterpick at the waterfront
  • Switching to compostable dishcloths and scrubbers
  • Stopped Laminating Posters
  • Encourage all suppliers to not use single use plastics on our deliveries
  • Stopped using plastic waste bin liners in offices

Currently looking into the following:

  • Refill printer toner cartridges
  • Refillable Pens and recyclable stationary
  • Packaging for Scrapstore

#8 Saltash United Football Club

Saltash United Association Football Club. Current members of the South West Peninsula League Premier based in Saltash, Cornwall.