Plastic Recycling Scheme Now Closed Until 8th November

The community has been donating plastic on mass and we are so pleased to see the amount of people recycling. However, we have become a victim of our own success, as a non profit, volunteer-led organisation, we need to be able to catch up on demand and bring some new measures into place to cope with the amount of plastic donations we are receiving.
To do this, we will be pausing our plastic donations and will reopen to take them as of the 8th November. Donations for the other schemes (pet food pouches, crisp packets etc) are still being accepted.
As a free service, provided by the community for the community, we are so overjoyed by the success of the project and hope you continue to support and bear with us as the service grows.
To find out more about what and when we accept recycling we have developed a dedicated webpage with status updates: which also has a live chat facility to ask your recycling questions.

Be part of Plastic Free Uttoxeter

Uttoxeter is working towards becoming a Plastic Free community, eradicating the unnecessary use of single use plastic.

Join us for a public open-to-all session that will explain the background of the national Plastic Free Community network and how we can roll this out in Uttoxeter to affect change locally and how you can get involved. Whether you are an eco-resident, a conscientious business person or a school educator – all are welcome.

The event will take place in the Waitrose Community Room on 5th June and the evenings running order is as follows:
7:00pm Introductions
7:10pm Presentation from Plastic Free Uttoxeter Community Leader.
7:40pm Q&A, feedback discussion
8:10pm Networking
8:30pm Close

Event Background:
We live in a plastic world. It’s an extraordinarily useful, versatile, cheap material. And it’s everywhere. It’s a growth industry, with one in every ten barrels of oil now used to create new plastic.

Together, we can make sure we kick our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and change the system that produces it. We can make sure we don’t choke our streets, parks and playgrounds with it. Because if it’s on our street today, then it’s in our rivers tomorrow, and our beaches and oceans forever.

But we can only do all of this together. That’s why we have joined the national network of Plastic Free Communities to help make Uttoxeter single use plastic free.

#WorldEnvironmentDay #PlasticFree #PlasticFreeUttoxeter

127 volunteers give Uttoxeter a spring clean

Sunday saw Uttoxeter’s largest ever litter pick with 110 volunteers attending the meet at Bramshall Park, with a further 17 volunteers in the neighbouring village of Kingstone. The litter picks were part of the Uttoxeter Spring Clean, organised by The Globe Foundation and Rotary Club of Uttoxeter.

The collective team of residents and local groups managed to clear an amazing 3300 litres of general waste and 1100 litres recyclable materials from the market town’s streets, that would have otherwise sat polluting the environment.

The event also garnered support from organisations including headline sponsors Wilko, and members from the East Staffordshire Police, Army Cadets and East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Kate Copeland, founder of The Globe Foundation commented “We are delighted with the turn out at the event and how supportive the whole community has been. This was a particularly special litter pick for us being the anniversary of our first pick, we’ve gone from 6 volunteers to 127 in a year!

“Our volunteer group was made up of families, neighbours and friends, they all did an incredible job and the town of Uttoxeter can be very proud of their achievement”.

“We hope their efforts inspire other communities to follow suit and we wish other Great British Spring Clean groups all the best for their planned litter picks in the coming weeks.”

This initiative was part of a wider national campaign the Great British Spring Clean that encourages communities to get involved, get together and get rid of local litter. National organisers Keep Britain Tidy and Daily Mail use this annual campaign to drive national awareness and action aiming to reduce the littering epidemic that is widely evident across the UK.

To find out if there is a litter pick happening near you, check the Great British Spring Clean map at

#GBSpringClean #UttoxeterSpringClean #LitterHeroes #LitterPick

Keeping the heat in: new fleeces for volunteers

Johnsons Apparelmaster’s Uttoxeter plant recently donated a selection of branded fleeces to our local community volunteers as part of their ongoing CSR support for the cause.

The fleeces were provided to support the Globe volunteers in their outdoor eco-activities, from litter picking groups to community gardening activities.

Globe is also working closely with St Mary’s First School, based next door to Johnson’s plant and Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre, to develop a new community garden located opposite the plant. Johnson’s Uttoxeter site are helping in any way that they can to develop the Heath Community Garden, to improve the quality of the local environment and turn the site in to a haven for plants and wildlife. The project committee are hoping to include a kitchen garden, rainwater harvesting, an aquascape, a plant nursery and a meadow garden amongst other ideas.

Uttoxeter General Manager Andrew Kellaway is delighted to be supporting such a worthy cause,

“We’ve been communicating regularly with Sue Wade, Head Teacher at the school and Kate Copeland from The Globe Foundation, to keep abreast of any news involving the garden. We’re delighted to be involved in a community project and looking forward to supporting in any way that we can to ensure the best results.”

Globe Director, Kate Copeland added,

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of Andrew and his team at the Uttoxeter plant and are really excited to have Johnsons Apparelmaster on board. It is important for projects like the community garden, to involve all of the community; residents and businesses alike. We are looking forward to working together on the project.”

Photo credit: Damian McFadden

Plans announced for 100-person litter pick as part of the UK’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign

The Globe Foundation and the Rotary Club have joined forces to coordinate a town-wide litter pick of Uttoxeter for this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

The Uttoxeter Spring Clean will take place on 24th March, with the aim of attracting 100 volunteers to take part in the litter picking event, which would be the largest clean up ever held in Uttoxeter. The litter pick will then be followed by a community picnic to celebrate the efforts of all involved.

Kate Copeland, Director of The Globe Foundation, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with the Rotary Club on this event. Litter is a widespread problem and we are hoping that this huge effort to clear the town, will help deter people from littering in future.

“For instance, the most common item of litter we find is cigarette butts, whilst small, they are toxic and help to poison our local waterways and wildlife but through the mass litter pick we will help remove lot of pollutants from our streets, making it cleaner and safer for the families and residents of the town.”

Kate Copeland (holding wheelbarrow) with some of her local volunteers at The Globe Eco Centre in Uttoxeter.
Picture by Damien McFadden

Last year, Globe had a team of 42 local volunteers that collected an amazing 27 bags of litter. Since then, a monthly litter pick has been established with residents and community groups helping to clear the streets of the well-known market town.

President of Uttoxeter Rotary, Anita Thomas-Epple commented “As President my focus this year is sustainability and reducing the amount of waste, especially single-use plastic, in our communities.  My husband and I often collect litter and discarded waste on walks and I so wanted to involve Rotary and the wider community on a large litter pick this spring. 

“It is fantastic to collaborate with Kate and The Globe Foundation who already have been doing great work in Uttoxeter to clean up our streets and parks.  We hope the people of Uttoxeter will join us on the 24th to make a huge contribution to the Great British Spring Clean.”

Rotary Club Junior Vice David Chapman, President Anita Thomas-Epple, Past President Dave Rushton, Vice President Dave Reeves.

The Uttoxeter Spring Clean is part of the national movement, the Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and the Daily Mail. The spring clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference.

“We are delighted that The Globe Foundation and Rotary Club are supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support.

“Without groups like this across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

To find out more about the Uttoxeter Spring Clean or to register yourself and/or your organisation or community group team, please visit

Funding awarded for eco-friendly female workshops

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Uttoxeter families set to ‘go wild’ with new wildlife activities

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EnviroGrant awarded to The Litterbugs Project

The Globe Foundation are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an EnviroGrant to help support The Litterbugs Project – to help us turn plastic litter and waste into useful items of social value. More than £10,000 was presented to community groups at an EnviroGrant Awards ceremony. We were one of 16 local groups […]

Vote for The Litterbug Project

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Staffordshire’s first Eco Centre opens in Uttoxeter

This weekend saw the launch of Staffordshire’s first ever Eco Centre, based in Uttoxeter. The Eco Centre is on site at The Strawberry Garden Centre, Bramshall Road, facilities include a Community Drop-In Lounge, an Eco Training Room and a Plastics Recycling Workshop, surrounded by a small community and sensory garden area. The opening celebrations kicked […]