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The recycling angelBridport tlc is a community resource & recycling project which is developing sustainable waste & recycling initiatives alongside local schools & businesses and the wider Bridport population. We are a volunteer-led group, offering solutions to improving our local environment & contributing to a sustainable local economy.


Our Agenda

– We have no agenda.


Our Aims

– To work in partnership with any group, business, organisation or individual who wants local solutions to the waste we produce, the energy we use, and the impact we make on resources. To support all those working towards a more sustainable, climate-friendly environment that is required in these times of change.


Our History

Oct. ’05 – Two community workers & environmental artists, Leon Edwards & Tess Dickson, contribute their own funds to set up Community Biodiesel Project making clean fuel from local waste cooking oil for use in local delivery and passenger vehicles.


Feb. ’06 – Official launch of ‘Bridport TLC’ on Valentines Day.


Spring ’06 – Attract more volunteers and set up Bicycle repair and recycling workshop – ‘Stuffs Worth Fixing’.


June ’06 – Engaged by West Dorset District Council (WDDC) to provide promotional Street Theatre to promote local authority recycling.


Aug. ‘06 – Move into larger premises on St. Michaels Trading Estate.


Dec. ’06 – With funds from Gerard Morgan-Grenville purchase multi-purpose Baler and set up collections membership for local schools and community organisations initially, before extending scheme to local businesses to help them meet new Government ‘Business Waste Directive’ legislation.


Jan. ’07 – Awarded WRAP funding to run ‘Behavioural Change’ promotions in partnership with WDDC between April - September.


Summer ’07 – Run WRAP campaign including 10 public events and activity days, door-knocking and street performances including ‘Green Elvis’, ‘The Recycling Angel’ & ‘The Rubbish Fairy’. Campaign leads to an increase in household recycling in those areas we operated of between 5-10%.


July ’07 – Runner-up in national Observer/Ecover Ethical Awards – ‘Do-it-Yourself’ category.


Sept’ ’07 – Win ‘Environmental Community Champions’ Award from WDDC “for outstanding voluntary contribution to the local community”. Project Co-ordinator Leon named in National ‘Hot 100’ of movers & shapers in UK waste activity by ‘Resource’ magazine.


Nov. ’07 – Launch Cargo & Passenger Bicycle Rickshaw project with help from Oliver Letwin MP and round-the-world cyclist Jason Lewis.


Recycle signJan. ’08 – Run successful trial ‘Christmas Tree Collections’ in partnership with Groves Nurseries.


Feb. ’08 – Launch ‘Kiss Mark’ Awards recognising groups and organisations striving to reduce waste and Co2. Weekly diversion from Landfill into recycling streams now over three tons per week from 51 member groups.


Mar. ’08 – Increase number of types of waste that we recycle to include Milk Bottle Tops, Aluminium Foil, Metal Caps & Lids, Household Batteries, used Cooking Oil, Paper, Cardboard, Soft Plastic Wrappings/Bags.


April ’08 – With funding from Gerard Morgan-Grenville produce a schools show – ‘Recycle For Dorset’ - in partnership with Dorset County Council and perform it in schools across the County.


Winter ’08 – Lose major oil supply (and source of income for running costs) when local crisp factory closes. Awarded £5,000 from Grassroots Grants to cover shortfall. Awarded £2,000 from Local Car Boot Fund towards Community Workshop.


Jan. ’09 – Run second year of Christmas tree collections with great success, leading to WDDC to develop in future years.


Mar. ’09 – Deep sadness as our Patron and all-round top bloke Gerard Morgan-Grenville passes away.


May ’09 – Train three volunteers as PAT testers enabling us to collect unwanted working electrical items and make them available for people on low incomes.


Morgan GrenvilleSummer ’09 – Over 25 active volunteers from all walks of life helping divert over five tons of material away from landfill per week. Over 60 members of ‘Kissmark’ Waste Reduction Scheme and hundreds of individuals bringing in additional materials. Increasingly providing talks and presentations to local groups and providing training for visiting Permaculture courses.


Sept. ’09 – With endorsement of WDDC, launch ‘Gull-Proof’ collapsible bin for household kerbside waste collections.


Nov. ’09 – Open ‘Arts & Crafts Scrapstore’ of re-usable materials and resources for local schools, organisations and artists. Runner-up in national ‘Resource/Novelis Community Recycling Awards’.


Jan. ’10 – Launch Appeal for wider community support to enable project to continue. Members agree to become a Charity to ensure long-term continuation having demonstrated commitment and ability over past five years.


Mar. ’10 – Appeal raises shortfall in running costs but not replacement collection vehicle. Trustees identified and application made to become a Charitable Company – Bridport TLC Community Resource & Recycling Project .


There is no reason why every town couldn’t have a community-based recycling project to address the urgent need to tackle waste and climate change. If we all gave our local environments a bit more ‘TLC’ we can seriously make a dent in our collective footprints. We are happy to share our experiences and ‘wisdom’ with other groups.