Turn the Tide Portishead 

Watch this space for more details on the Muncher
Bin coming to Portishead in 2021.
Portishead Two Minute Beach Clean Board

New Boards are COMING!! and Existing Boards will be out soon.. with new sanitisation stations. Keep checking this space.

The 1st Beach Clean Board was installed at the Lido Cafe in 2018.  During 2021 further boards will be put in at the esplanade (toilet block), The Royal Inn, The Sailing Club, and West Hill Co-Op.

There is also one installed at St Peters Primary School, the first 2 minute beach clean board to be installed in a school in the UK.

The '2 minute beach clean' movement began in 2014  to make it easier for everyone to do their bit. The 'Beach Clean Board' is A Frame with an outer holder for litter pickers and an integrated holder for bags.  Anyone can take a litter picker and a bag, fill it up, for 2 minutes or more and dispose of the litter in a nearby bin or at a recycling centre.  Bag and pickers are returned to the Board for the next person.  Stations will also have hand sanitizers due to the Covid pandemic. Simple but so effective.

Visit the #2minutebeachclean website for more details

Refill Portishead

Refill is a free tap water scheme enabling people to fill up reusable bottles for free when they are out and about, there is a free Refill App available to download.  Anyone can take a refillable bottle into any of the Businesses listed on the App or here -  The Ship Inn, The Royal Inn, Heaven on the Hill, Playzone of Portishead, Cafe' Cairns (The Academy of Gymnastics), The Posset Cup, Parish Wharf, Portishead Youth Centre, The Corner Cafe, Hall & Woodhouse, Impero Lounge, The Windmill Inn, The Poacher, The Plough Inn, The Old Mill, The Albion, The Royal Inn, Brewers Fayre, Venga, Windsor Castle, Costa Coffee, Premier Inn Hotel, Starbucks (Gordano Gate Services), Brewsters.

If you use the Refill App you can collect reward points which can be redeemed to get a free stainless steel water bottle.  If you don't want to drink tap water you can buy bottles that automatically filter before you drink.

Visit the Refill website for more details

Final Straw Portishead is a Campaign (following the success of Final Straw Cornwall) to rid Portishead of single use plastic straws and raise awareness of the damage single use plastics cause to the environment.

Straws are used for an average of just 20 minutes and then thrown away.  Every straw on the planet right now will outlive everyone reading these words. Madness! The Final Straw Campaign seeks to influence businesses to replace plastic straws with paper ones.  To encourage 'drinkers' to say 'No' to straws if they don't want them, or to carry their own reusable straw with them (made from bamboo or stainless steel).

We are grateful to all the local businesses who have signed up to The Final Straw Portishead scheme since 2018.  We will be working to make all Portishead Businesses sign up to this important campaign.

Final Straw Campaign Update

TTT has been in touch with Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds OBE, BSc (Hons) regarding our Final Straw Campaign, which has resulted in us amending our campaign to advise businesses who are signing up to go plastic straw free, to keep single use plastic straws for any customers who may request them.  We appreciate that some members of our community have a genuine need for single use plastic straws and that therefore an outright ban would be problematic.

You can also visit the FinalStrawCornwall Website for more


Final Straw Portishead
Educational Projects

Members of the Turn The Tide Committee had a range of educational projects underway to highlight the effects of litter and single use plastics in the local area. We were out and about talking to local adult groups, cub and brownie packs.  Currently these talks are on hold due to the Covid pandemic.

The last few years saw us delivering presentations to Portishead primary school children at St Peter's, St Joseph's and HighDown and Trinity School.. The children enjoy learning about beach cleans, single use plastic, easy swaps to environmentally friendly products and the importance of 'refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle'. We also worked with year 2 pupils at Crockerne Churh of England Primary School.  Who raised and donated money to Turn the Tide.

We have also met with students and teachers at Gordano School and are looking forward to delivering informative assemblies, providing our presentation for students to deliver the material themselves and working alongside 'Green Gordano' in their effort to reduce litter, plastic pollution and to implement innovative recycling schemes at the school.

Waitrose and Turn the Tide collaborated on an adult education presentation, which was the start of a strong alliance with Waitrose who now house bins for collecting crisp packets. (currently on hold due to the Covid pandemic)