On Tuesday, 4th July, Ilfracombe took steps towards a greener future, thanks to an award given by the GreenSeas Trust, it is now the first location in the South West to receive one of the GreenSeas Trust eye catching bins.

The Trust was established in 2003 and their work aims to educate, promote and implement environmental programmes to eliminate plastic entering the sea and to make sure that fish stock and marine life remains sustainable for the future.

The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Ilfracombe, the chair of North Devon Council, Ilfracombe’s Harbour Master, and pupils from Ilfracombe Junior School. The BinForGreenSeas, a visually striking addition to the town's waste management infrastructure, is set to captivate and engage locals and visitors alike. Designed with attention to detail, its vibrant colours and thought-provoking imagery seek to create awareness about the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans. By placing this bin on the harbour front, the partnership aims to revolutionise the way people think about waste disposal and inspire them to make responsible choices.

The bin will serve as a constant reminder that small actions can have a significant impact. Ilfracombe residents and visitors are encouraged to make use of the eye-catching bin and participate in the ongoing effort to safeguard our oceans. 

Founder Trustee of the GreenSeas Trust, Fazilette Khan, says: "GreenSeas Trust is pleased to provide a free BinForGreenSeas to Illfracombe, sited next to Damien Hirst's Verity statue. We would like to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation for giving us the grant to enable us to amplify the message of protecting our oceans here in the Southwest. The BinForGreenSeas will acts as a beacon to help stop people littering."