Right To Repair Law, AI Litter Camera, Food Chain Emission data, and More...

National News In Brief (March 2021): 

  • A new legal right for repairs to come into law this summer. Manufacturers will be legally obliged to make spare parts for products available to consumers for the first time, extending the lifespan of products by up to 10 years.

  • 'LitterCam' - AI software can now match footage of motorists throwing rubbish to their car's number plate and issue an automatic fine. The first trial is set to begin in Maidstone in Kent in a few weeks.

  • A new study presents EDGAR-FOOD – the first database of emissions from every stage of the food chain between 1990-2015, broken down by sector, greenhouse gas and country. The study finds the food system contributed one third of human-produced greenhouse gas emissions in 2015.

  • Morrisons to source exclusively from net-zero British farms by 2030

  • HS2 to 'rewild' 127 hectares around its 10-mile Chilterns tunnel

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Green Influencers Scheme

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) has secured funding for a pioneering Green Influencers scheme which will encourage young people to take a lead on environmental and climate change projects in their communities. As a ‘host organisation’, DWT have recruited a Green Mentor to support and inspire Green Influencers. 

During lockdown, they are creating a Youth Forum who will meet online monthly to develop and implement environmental social action projects. The group is open to young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years old.

If you know of any young people who are keen to get involved, you can fill an application form here:

Climate Community Groups Mentions in the House of Commons

When welcoming Alok Sharma's appointment as President of COP26 during a House of Commons debate, High Peak MP Robert Largan paid tribute to the hard work done by Hope Valley Climate Action, Transition Buxton, Sustainable Hayfield, Acclimatise Whaley, and Transition New Mills. 

Sharma acknowledge the importance of community groups in the fight against the climate crisis. He also agreed that he or his team will meet with community-based climate action groups. Very good development!

You can view a video clip here.

Medical Blister Packs Added to Transition Buxton's 'Hard to Recycle' Recycling Scheme!


Transition Buxton are working hard to achieve ‘Plastic Free Community’ status in Buxton using the Surfers Against Sewage Toolkit. To augment the Council's plastic recycling, they placed special collecting bins in two supermarkets in Buxton for items that are hard to recycle.

The scheme also helps raise money for local good causes. Recently, they have been delighted to present the Serpentine Community Garden with a cheque for £139.

The scheme is now able to accept empty medical blister packs, thanks to Superdrug in Buxton's Springs Shopping Centre.  Once collected, the material is then extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products.

The full list of items currently able to be recycled through this scheme can be found on their website or on the bins themselves.

£2m Green Entrepreneurs Fund to be Launched in Derbyshire

Companies in Derbyshire will soon be able to apply for grants from a new £2m funding pot, Green Entrepreneurs Fund, to help them reduce their carbon footprint, retrain in low-carbon skills, and develop low-carbon schemes.

The fund, created in collaboration with the University of Derby, will be open to Derbyshire-based SMEs employing up to 250 staff and micro-businesses with up to 10 staff.

Derbyshire County Council will introduce the Fund at an information session hosted by the Chamber on Thursday 17 March from 9am to 10am.