Wimborne War on Waste

Wimborne War on Waste logo

WWoW is a focussed and dynamic grassroots community group that seeks to raise awareness about the environmental impact of single use plastic through events, talks, displays and workshops. We started out in January 2017, focussed on reducing single use plastics - in particular disposable coffee cups, plastic bottles, straws and bags. In September 2018 we led Wimborne Minster to ‘Plastic Free’ community status, becoming the 2nd town in Dorset to achieve this award from Surfer’s Against Sewage (https://www.sas.org.uk/plastic-free-communities/). We continue to offer advice and support to other communities and leaders wishing to do the same and we work closely with our local Councils, the BID, businesses, festivals, venues, community groups, schools and individuals to inspire all to make simple, positive changes, to chose alternatives to single use plastic and promote a more sustainable, ethical culture of consumption.

Community Litter Pick

From our single use plastic beginnings we have become much more involved in wider environmental activities including: Organising regular litter picks; Continuing to develop and grow our ‘Plastic Free’ status and recruiting new Plastic Free Champion businesses; Becoming the Refill Wimborne co-ordinator for water refill points; Delivering workshops and sharing inspiring speakers; Co-organising the Wimborne Green Festival; Delivering creative solutions to single use plastic problems such as cable ties, flags, bunting and bags; Installing the 2-Minute Litter Pick boards at the Minster and Library; Working with pubs and the community to place ‘Butt Bins’ and ‘Bin the Butt’ beer mats in venues to raise awareness about the problem with plastic in cigarette butts that are dropped as litter; Setting up the increasingly popular Wimborne Repair Cafe https://www.facebook.com/wimbornerepaircafe/ with volunteer fixers; Supporting the Wimborne Festivals with their eco policies; Enabling the new Wilding Wimborne project to sow seeds and grow; and working alongside others to create Planet Wimborne.

All of our projects bring people together to work collaboratively, and aim to inspire everyone to rethink, reform new habits and do more to look after our precious planet.

Please join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WimborneWaronWaste/ or email us on wimbornewaronwaste@gmail.com to find out more and get involved


Water Refill Points and Discounts with Reusable Cups

See where you can refill your water bottle for free:  Wimborne Water Refill Points

Get discounts when you use your Reusable Cup at these venues:  Take your Reusable Cup

Upcoming events

Second Hand September


Second Hand September is a campaign that promotes donating, reusing, rewearing and restyling your clothes during September – and beyond!

Explore slow fashion, sustainable fashion and ethical fashion, shop and donate second hand and help create a fairer world.

Since 2019, Second Hand September has inspired thousands of people to shop in a way that is kinder to people and planet. Read more about Oxfam’s sustainability here.

Sun, Sep 1 - Mon, Sep 30 2024, All day
No disposable cup day

No disposable cup day -  If we can stop using disposable cups for even one day then we will save the planet from the destruction caused by more than  1 billion used cups entering landfills Worldwide every month!

We have 4 times more cafes in the UK as there were in 2000. Branded coffee shops have grown from around 600 to nearly 7500 outlets.

Recycling or compostable cups are not the answer! STOPPING is the answer!

Fri, Oct 4 2024, All day