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'Hello Lamp Post' in Exmouth wants to talk to you about plastic pollution

Lamp post with signage

Interactive ‘Hello Lamp Posts’ in Exmouth are now in place and ready to ‘chat’ about our plastic pollution work and how people can make small changes to protect the environment.

This is part of a wider scheme of ‘chatty signs’ led by The Environment Agency, which includes signs on flood defences and other assets to engage passersby in conversations about flood risk and plastic pollution.

Text message conversations can be struck up by scanning QR codes. The QR code is mounted on them or nearby in 4 locations, with a fifth to be added later this year.

Jessica Hickie, plastics and sustainability programme manager, said:

Be part of the solution during Plastic Free July 2022. Chat with the signs at Exmouth. Learn the simple actions you could take to tackle plastic pollution in your day to day life and protect our wildlife.

The actions include a simple litter pick, kitchen refills and finding out about a hard-to-recycle item. They have been put together by the Environment Agency on behalf of the Interreg Preventing Plastic Pollution. The project which aims to understand and reduce the impacts of plastic pollution in river and marine environments via behaviour change, targeting hotspots and finding effective solutions.

Interactive objects can be found at:

  • Bude where signs give information about the flood risk in the area and the changing coast line, as well as a fun plastics quiz;
  • Dartmoor which has signs in Buckfastleigh and on Dartmoor so people can find out more about how working with natural processes on the moor can reduce the impact of flooding on communities;
  • Exmouth where people can learn more about the recently completed tidal defence scheme and plastic pollution;
  • Truro which is a terrific location to learn what the tidal gate does and how to prepare for a flood.