Wanda the waste Warrior

We arranged a successful ‘tour’ of Purbeck in the late summer 2021 and will look at whether we repeat this next year:

What is Wanda?  She is 6 metre long fish sculpture made from recycled metal and owned by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP).  She is designed to take plastic bottles and cans for recycling and carries information about the damage done to the environment by plastic and waste.  Back in April 2021 one of our members saw Wanda at Sandbanks and thought it would be nice to have something like that in Wareham. With fantastic co-operation and support from Litter Free Dorset and BCP’s ‘Leave only Footprints’ campaign – plus many others, we were able to put on a Purbeck ‘Tour’.

  • Lulworth Cove: 27 August – 5 September – (including August Bank Holiday weekend)
  • Studland (Knoll Beach): 6 – 12 September
  • Swanage (by Info centre): 13 – 20 September
  • Wareham Quay: 20 – 26 September (for Planet Purbeck festival)

Our aim was to raise awareness amongst visitors and residents of the Reduce, Re-use, Recycle message – and for Wareham in particular we wanted to reduce litter around the Quay area and increase the amount of recycling.

We ran Planet Purbeck and Sustainable Wareham stalls adjacent to Wanda with loads of info around plastics and waste – and a Solar panel display with messaging around sustainable energy. On the Sunday there was a ‘Big River Clean’ by Stop Plastic Pollution.

Wanda proved to be a great means of starting the conversation and engaging passers-by (particularly children) in thinking about waste and plastic pollution and what they can do about it! 

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