About Us

Dawlish Against Plastic was formed in March 2018. Since then, our achievements have been:


  • Dawlish Town Council agreed unanimously to support Plastic Free Coastlines (since re-named Plastic Free Communities).
  • Organised monthly beach cleans in Dawlish.
  • Plastic Straws removed, or pledged to be removed, from over 40 local businesses.
  • Presentations to local schools and engagement with school 'eco groups'. Competition held to design a logo for Dawlish Against Plastic.
  • Facebook group, Dawlishagainstplastic, established with over 340 plus members.
  • Facebook Page Dawlish Against Plastic
  • Instagram account Dawlish Against Plastic
  • Promoting Devon Refill scheme and other ways of reducing single use plastic to local businesses.
  • Receiving Community Grant funding from Teignbridge Councillors for beach cleaning equipment, publicity and alternatives to plastic for display/sale to the public.
  • Participated in community events and ran fundraising events for Surfers Against Sewage.
  • We produced an audio-visual presentation of our progress so far.
  • Made contact with the Environment Agency’s newly formed ‘Plastics Team’ and helped organise an event to link up with other, similar, groups in Devon. Event held on 3rd Sept 2018.
  • Successfully applied to Keep Britain Tidy for 50 free stainless-steel drinks bottles for display/sale on our stalls.
  • Successfully applied for Plastic Free Community status for Dawlish from Surfers Against Sewage. Evidence included steps taken by local businesses to remove certain single-use plastic items from sale or use and our work in conjunction with other community groups.

Steering Group Members:

Vanessa Ryley (Chairman), Brenda Toye (Treasurer), Dave Hutton (Secretary), Martin Wrigley (Dawlish Town & Teignbridge Councillor), Lin Goodman-Bradbury (Dawlish Town Councillor), Sue Brader (Dawlish Transition), Vicky Bridle and Suzanne Jones.

Our Steering Group, March 2019, celebrating our 'Plastic Free Community' recognition from SAS . From Left to Right - Dave Hutton, Vanessa Ryley, Suzanne Jones,Liz Green, Cllr. Martin Wrigley, Teresa Golding, Vicky Bridle, Cllr. Lin Goodman-Bradbury.

Brenda Toye and Sue Brader are also members.