AN event offering up a deeper understanding of the consequences of littering and waste for the community is set to take place this week. 

Plume Academy, in collaboration with Maldon District Council, Essex County Council, and Braxted Park Estate has announced the launch of the Let’s Talk Trash Festival.

The event aims to empower young people by providing exciting and participatory experiences that raise awareness of the impact of littering and waste on the environment.

It is set to take place on Tuesday, July 18, from 9am to 3pm at Braxted Park in Witham.

With the objective of fostering a deeper understanding of the consequences of littering and waste the Let’s Talk Trash Festival seeks to inspire behavioural change among students, families, and the community.

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By promoting practical strategies such as recycling, repair, and reusing, the festival encourages individuals to make conscious decisions that contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

The festival will feature six fun, educational, and interactive zones designed to challenge attitudes and create meaningful change.

Organisers of the festival said: "We envision the Let’s Talk Trash Festival as a recurring annual event and a model for youth engagement, system change, and cultural transformation in Essex.

"By empowering young people with knowledge, inspiration, and practical strategies, we believe this festival will catalyse a powerful movement towards a cleaner, greener future."

Councillor Peter Schwier, the Essex County Council’s Climate Czar and cabinet member for environment, waste reduction and recycling said: "We are delighted to be supporting the Let’s Talk Trash event.

"It is one of many inspirational projects which have been made possible through Essex County Council’s £500,000 Climate Action Challenge Fund.

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"Working closely with our communities and schools is paramount as we all have an important role to play in transforming Essex to become a net zero county.

"The event will be a great opportunity for young people to learn more about daily changes we can make at home and school to protect our environment and planet.

"We will also be speaking with students and teachers about Essex’s pioneering Carbon Cutting Essex app, which is free to download on the App Store and Google Play, and the new Sustainability Library Challenge which will be launching for key stage 3 pupils in September."

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