Pioneering project using drones and data to tackle litter in Bournemouth shows “game-changing” results

The most scientifically robust litter survey ever undertaken in the UK reveals groundbreaking results set to impact how litter is tackled in the future.   Funded by McDonald’s, scientists from Ellipsis Earth used drone technology and AI to create detailed litter maps, identify hot spots and build an understanding of how litter is travelling across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in March and May this year.   The intelligence gathered from the drone data was then used to inform the placement of positive litter-busting interventions which made the area’s bins more engaging and noticeable such as glow in the dark bins and voting bins…

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Co-op funding fast-tracks doubling of Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network

The 200th member of environmental charity Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network opened recently, marking a significant milestone for the initiative. The latest community fridge has been installed in Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington, London. It is the 50th fridge funded by Co-op, whose support for 100 new community fridges across the country by the end of this year has helped fast-track the expansion of the food-saving initiative. Community fridges are social spaces where anyone can share surplus food. They reduce food waste and empower communities to help each other through…

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#LoveYourForest joins forces with mountain biking community to clear litter from popular bike trails

Environmental charity Hubbub is calling on mountain bikers to significantly reduce litter along popular bike trails this summer as part of its ongoing #LoveYourForest campaign. The Forest of Dean’s bike trails are hugely popular with around 350,000 visits to Forestry England’s Cannop Cycle Centre every year – but mountain bikers are trailing trash in their wake including single use plastic packaging from energy bars and drinks. Not only does this mean the forest can’t flourish, it could also prove fatal for some local wildlife. Between 2019-2020, Forestry England spent £60k…

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Hubbub’s Design By Nature 2021: Innovative designs to reconnect people with nature

Environmental charity Hubbub announces the winners of its 2021 sustainable design competition for students Design By Nature . Students (and recent graduates) across the UK were challenged to get back to nature, with briefs inspired by the idea that ‘Good things happen when we connect people to nature’.  The judges were looking for the most insight-led, disruptive, collaborative and experimental ideas to bring to life and create real change.  See shortlisted entries: 2021 Showcase | Hubbub Foundation The two commended entries ‘The Hidden Drought’ by Joshua Fox and ‘XPlore’ by Lilymae Prescott,…

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Bristol catches a beauty – ‘Seacycler’ hits the water in Bristol Harbour to tackle pollution with plastic fishing trips

On Tuesday 13 July a new vessel in the battle to clean up plastic pollution in Britain’s waterways – ‘Seacycler’ – was unveiled in Bristol. Launched by environmental charity Hubbub, the 12-seater punt is made from 99% recycled plastic and will be permanently based in Bristol Harbour, a beautiful area spanning 83 acres that attracts many visitors each year but also considerable amounts of litter. Funded equally by Bunzl and Danone UK & Ireland, Seacycler has been donated to award-winning education consultants Sustainable Hive.  The boat will take local people…

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