Cheltenham Community Recycling Champions and Vision 21 for Gloucestershire

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vision21 for a sustainable gloucestershireYou’ll have to forgive the ‘localness’ of this post. I know it won’t be helpful for all of our readers, but we like to support local news and ventures.

Cheltenham Community Recycling Champions are a group of volunteers who raise awareness concerning recycling in their community.

Over in Cheltenham they have been running a “Slim your Bin” campaign since late 2008 and helped to promote, and participated in, the county council’s Zero waste week at the end of January. One of the people from the group was featured on the recent ‘Tonight‘ TV programme about zero waste week.

In addition to domestic battery recycling schemes (the beautifully named CommBatt!), the Cheltenham Community Recycling Champions collect Yellow pages and are campaigning for us to ‘say no’ to such publications.

For those of you who are local, here is a list of the Domestic Community Battery collection box locations throughout Cheltenham

1. Cheltenham Echo, Main Reception
2. St Thomas Moore Church
3. Jessops High St
4. Public Library Coronation Square
5. St Thomas Moore School
6. Rendezvous Shop  16 Portland St
7. St Peters Church Leckhampton
8. Leckhampton Primary School
9. St Aidens Church
10. Cheltenham Boro Homes office Coronation Sq
11. Cheltenham Boro Homes  office Oakley Centre Whaddon
12. Vision 21 Reception 30  St Georges Place
13. Hesters Way Community Project main reception  opp Gloscol
14. Gloscol  Princess Elizabeth Way/ Cassin Dr   Main Reception
15. St Stephens Church
16. St Johns School ,Albion St
17. Cheltenham Borough Council offices Promenade
18. Cheltenham Borough Council offices  Swindon Rd
19. Keynsham Stores , London Rd
20. Highbury Church/Hall Priory St
21. Reclaim furniture project Lansdowne Trading Estate
22. Cheltenham General Hospitol Main Reception
23. Highbury Church
24. Midwinters Solicitors
25. CHIRP recycling project Oakley Centre Whaddon
26. Cambray Baptist Church, Cambray St
27. St Philips & St James Church, Grafton Rd
28. Bethesda Church Grt Norwood St
29. Gardners Lane Child Care Centre
30. Mary Hare Hearing Centre 26 Clarence St
31. Champions  personal boxes in the Community Total 32

The Cheltenham Community Recycling Champions work in conjunction with VISION 21. You can call vision 21 on 01242 224321 or view their website to find out about other things they are doing to promote a sustainable Gloucestershire.

What about you – Are there local recycling champions in your area? What campaigns have they launched?

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Poppy says:

    and Swindon Village Primary School 😉

    I had noticed that the list wasn’t complete.

    One of the group refers to us as Battery Hens! Thanks John!!

  2. Could you tell me which date the Tonight prog was aired so I can watch it later.


  3. Poppy says:

    It was March 2nd Maisie. Sadly the Champion that Mrs G mentions didn’t actually make it to screen, she was supposed to be on the news earlier, but had a call a couple of hours before to say that they’d pulled her because there wasn’t enough time. Her daughter was very upset after telling all her friends and teachers that she was going to be on TV. There is another local mum and her 3 children featured however, though I did worry about the soggy state of G’s sandwiches!! (Sorry Sarah)

  4. Layla says:

    Well, I enjoy reading about local stuff being done too!! 🙂

    It’s great you have a list of all the places collecting the batteries etc!!

    ‘Battery Hens’ – hmm!! Isn’t this a tad, well, undignified? (Or if he’s a man, what does that make him? ;))

    Aren’t shops over there required to take the batteries? Here, there are big boxes in some of the shops..

    It might be interesting to know what is being done with the batteries by the shops then, though..

  5. Poppy says:


    We did errm…. ‘cluck’ that we didn’t really like that name, but we saw the funny side too 😉

    Some of the electrical retailers take batteries. The school box did really well when we started it, over 10k in weight since about October! I think the other schools have done quite well too 🙂

  6. This is great Mrs G. Would you believe we have a kerbside collection for batteries. You can just pop ’em in a bag and hook it onto your wheelie bin. I love the AA batteries that you can just recharge through your computer. They just plug into the USB port – they’re great 😀

  7. so encouraging to note that churches and professional offices are as involved as private citizens in the betterment of society’s effect on earth.

    whatever affects people is of import to all, anywhere, for the fact is that we are all connected, by attitude and behavior. whatever you do, has some consequence upon the land, the air and water, and surely the state of mind of the rest of us.

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