A zero-waste shop for Bishy Road?

Zero wasteAlice Hildred, of White Rose Bakes and a volunteer gardener at Planet South Bank’s Community Garden at St Clements Church, is hoping to open Bishy Road’s first zero-waste shop.

You help make this happen…

Alice is doing some market research  – this link   https://goo.gl/forms/dlVZrrL582WjR2Bl2 are five simple tick-box questions, which take about a minute to fill in. Let Alice know your views!

No sensitive or personal data or contact details will be collected from anyone who submits a response.

And please forward this to anyone you think would be interested. Thank you!

(Alice is also a one-time baker to Sir David Attenborough – see the story here 🙂   http://www.whiterosebakes.co.uk/about-us

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Cooking oil recycling on Bishy Road

bishyroad-buntingCostello’s Good Food Shop (formally The Good Food Shop) on Bishopthorpe Road is now offering a cooking oil recycling service for customers and local folk, in a fundraising partnership with Planet South Bank.

Owner Carol Costello explains: “All people need to do, next time they’re popping down to the Bishy Road Shops, is bring their used cooking oil to the shop and we’ll take it off their hands.  We’ll return their container to them to be filled for next time!”

The aim is to stop oil being put down the sink and into the water system.  Costello’s Good Food Shop has a large container in the shop for disposal of oil – and will of course be adding their own oil to it.

Once the container is full, Carol arranges the oil to be collected by a company who then turn the waste cooking oil into fuel.  Carol receives £10 for every 100 litres and will donate £5 of that to Planet South Bank.  So, as well as reducing waste and the amount of cooking oil going through the drains, you’ll be helping to cut down reliance on fossil fuels and raising funds for local action on climate change. What’s not to love?!

Costello’s Good Food Shop is ready for your donation now so call in during normal opening hours; Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm.

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Annual Street-re-Cycle: Sunday 2nd September, 11am to 3pm

Street-re-CycleThe annual Street-re-Cycle event returns this year, in early September.

Join in the clear-out! Put stuff on show outside your house and sell it, swap it or give it away. All good green fun…

Items can include books, toys, DVDs, clothes, shoes, leftover tins of paint, spare bits of wood, furniture items…(take care not to block pavements or access ways, and tidy up anything not taken by the end of the event).

We won’t be organising sign-ups this year, there will be lots of households taking part. Tell your neighbours and friends, put up posters, invite neighbours to join in and clear their stuff too!

Questions / more information? Contact Pie Waller on 07761 642160.

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Shopping: Bring your own container!

Planet South Bank is pleased to introduce a new window sicker campaign for York traders, aimed at encouraging both businesses and their customers to make sustainable decisions whilst shopping.

PSB2We’ve teamed up with the York-based plastic-free business IAmReusable to produce a Bring Your Own ‘BYO’ sticker. The aim is to reduce single use plastic wrapping and packaging on our everyday groceries, by instead encouraging people to bring their own containers to fill at the shops and local businesses.

In recent months major supermarkets chains have started to adapt to increased number of customers choosing to shop more sustainably. Morrison’s seem to be leading the way, and now welcome BYO containers at some of their food counters.

For those who prefer to shop locally, you’ll now find comfort in York traders who display a BYO sticker, knowing the business has a sustainable outlook and will happily fill your own container. Look out for them on Bishopthorpe Road!

PSB1IamReusable has previously launched the Bring Your Own Cup and Water Refill Station stickers, which can be found throughout the city (and beyond) with many small businesses welcoming smart, sustainable customer choices. Planet South Bank has completed a trilogy of sustainable emblems that allow traders to demonstrate their commitment to reducing plastic waste in the city.

Planet South Bank is always interested in encouraging everyone to make sustainable choices and reduce plastic waste – contact us if you have an idea you’d like to explore.

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Ready, steady, grow! Our community garden programme for 2018


Hello everyone!

We are putting plans together for the new growing season in the Planet South Bank community garden, ‘The Nose’ at St Clements Church, and we would love you to be involved. We will be running regular gardening sessions from March to October this year. Our sessions are on alternate Sundays at 4pm. We start on 11 March with a spring clean of the garden, which is at the front of the church (access via Nunthorpe Road). Please see below for the dates.

This is a community garden so if you would like to grow some different things, contribute seeds or seedlings or have any ideas please bring them along to one of our sessions or get in touch. If you feel like doing a bit of gardening during the week or anytime outside of our planned sessions please feel free.

You don’t need to have previous experience to join the gardening group – we all muck in and help and learn together. It’s a sociable and fun activity and a great way to get out in the fresh air and meet new people, as well as doing something productive (that you can eventually take home to eat!). If you would like to receive regular updates, or plan to come along regularly, we recommend you join the gardening group email list so that we can send you updates and let you know if there are any changes to our plans.

Hope to see you soon!

Schedule – each session 4pm to 5pm

11th March – Spring clean
We will be having a tidy up and preparing the soil for planting. Also fixing up our bug hotel.

25th March – Planting onions

8th April – Potatoes

22nd April -Lettuce, radishes, chard…

6th May – Runner beans

20th May – Plant out session Getting those seedlings in the ground.

3rd June – General session

17th June – Picnic – We will be picking some fruit and possibly having a bug hunt. As it’s summer there will also be weeding to do. (NB: this date coincides with the Bishopthorpe Road Street Party so may be subject to review)

1st July – General session

8th July – Open day
Join us for tea and cake.

22nd July – General session

5th August – Harvesting potatoes and runner beans.

19th August – General session

2nd September- General session

16th September – Picnic  Join us and bring something you grew at home.

30th September – General session

14th October – General session


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Packed out event leads to calls for action on plastics


What can we all do to reduce plastic pollution?

Public concern about the problem – brought into sharp focus by David Attenborough’s BBC documentary series Blue Planet II – was demonstrated by a high turn out for the first One Planet York ‘Mingle’ of 2018, which was on the issue of plastics.

The event, co-hosted by Planet South Bank and St Nicks Environment Centre, was held on Wednesday 17 January at Forty Five Vinyl Café in Micklegate, York. Over 50 people attended the event, many of whom had not previously attended previous One Planet York socials or ‘Mingles’ as the monthly get-togethers are called.

The evening was introduced by Paul McCabe of City of York Council, who spoke about One Planet York and its themes, one of which is an ambition to achieve zero waste.

Kate Lock, Chair of Planet South Bank, then outlined the current international, national and commercial context on policies and action on plastics. “The bad news is that, if we carry on behaving the way we are now, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea,” she said.

“The good news is that people are waking up to this and public concern is pushing policymakers and businesses to take action – although the pace is still way too slow.”

Read Kate’ round up on the National context (which has links to reports and further information).

Sam Taylor, Recycling Co-ordinator at St Nicks, explained the local context in York, which currently only recycles plastic bottles in the council’s kerbside collection. Many people are still depositing other types of plastic in the kerbside boxes, which are then contaminating the loads and could potentially cause them to be landfilled instead of recycled. Sam has written a blog on plastics recycling in York, explaining what can and can’t be recycled (and why), and she has also produced a very useful infographic guide (see previous post).

Councillor Andrew Waller, City of York Council Executive Member for the Environment, also attended the event and spoke about the challenges faced by the council with plastic waste, especially now that China is no longer taking UK recycling. 

Rich Hearn of Planet South Bank spoke about our plans – still at a very early stage – for working with the Bishy Road Traders and other local organisations to introduce free Terracycle drop boxes for certain products. St Nicks has some Terracycle boxes already (for some coffee pods, pens, and other items) so we hope to co-ordinate collection in York with them.

As well as Terracycle boxes, Planet South Bank also plans to conduct an audit of plastic use/products in local shops and cafes and will work with traders to reduce these and/or find alternatives.

Kate Lock drew attention to a recent amendment put to City of York Council by Green Party councillor Andy D’Agorne, proposing a ‘YorCup’ along the lines of the successful Freiburg Cup which can be returned and reused through a network of over 100 shops in the German city. John Mcgall of local company i am reusable demonstrated a green plastic cup the company has produced, sales of which also provide for hot drinks for the homeless.

Finally, Paul McCabe invited John King to read an “prose-press release” Plastic Weekend for the One Planet York event, which John had sent us after he composed it for a creative writing course exercise, which references the shocking Blue Planet II sequence with a whale calf poisoned by plastics.

After the speakers, the event turned to socialising and a chance to meet and talk to other people and exchange ideas. Some of the proposals included:

  • a cultural event (performance, music, poetry, etc) to raise awareness of the issue
  • a follow up public meeting/workshop to go over the issues in more detail and explore local solutions
  • setting up a Facebook or other such group where information about how to reduce your plastic use can be shared, especially with reference to shops/businesses that offer alternatives/no packaging
  • a large scale art/activism event to raise awareness

All the suggestions will be collated and captured by St Nicks and we will share them here in due course. In the short term, the Facebook event page can be used to post links and suggestions.



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Plastic recycling in York: at-a-glance guide

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Confused about what kinds of plastic can and can’t be recycled in York? We are pleased to share this handy at-a-glance guide from the team at St Nick’s, the environment centre in York, which makes it clear what you can put in your council-collected kerbside bins – and what to take elsewhere. At the moment it’s only types 1 and 2 – plastic bottles and plastic jars – that can go in the kerbside collection, but there are other options for some other types.

Planet South Bank has already posted this infographic on our Facebook page, where it’s had lots of shares, and we encourage York residents to spread the word. You can also read this great blog by Sam Taylor, Recycling Officer at St Nick’s, which explains more.

Next year, Planet South Bank will be looking at local initiatives to improve recycling and reduce plastic use and waste. Keep an eye on our social media – and make sure you follow the Planet South Bank blog by email to keep up with all the latest news!

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