We are an award winning small social enterprise based in Suffolk (UK) and work tirelessly raising awareness about the issues of single-use plastics, litter and waste in general.
We’re not about quick fixes, the latest gimmick or trying to get as many likes and shares on social media as we can. We’re about tackling the underlying issues, finding practical solutions and working towards meaningful long term change.
We’re about tackling mental health issues, living a healthier lifestyle, combating loneliness and working WITH people, businesses and government, not against them.
“We’re not about building communities of litter pickers, we’re about building communities that don’t litter.”
Jason Alexander (Founder)
Hi. I’m Jason Alexander. Known to many as the Wildlife Gadget Man, I’ve spent the last 15 years designing award winning wildlife camera systems for individuals, schools, conservation organisations and TV as well as sharing my wildlife adventures via my award winning blog wildlifegadgetman.com.
I love nothing better than helping parents and grandparents encourage their kids to get outdoors and be more active. How do I do that? By showing them how to use technology to inspire kids to want to go outdoors and explore.
Back in 2014 I set myself a challenge – to watch and photograph 100 sunrises in a year. I quickly discovered that it was going to be tougher than I thought. Having lots of cloudy days here in the UK you have to get up early for a lot more than 100 sunrises to see the sun 100 times!
But I loved every minute of it. Being out in the fresh air, feeling the warm glow of the early morning sun on my face. Listening to the birds in the trees and watching the start of a brand new day. A day where anything was possible if I put my mind to it. You honestly can’t beat that feeling.
But there was something that increasingly bugged me.
Litter. Lots and lots of litter. Many of us have become blind to it, desensitised over time. But once you notice it and look for it, you see it everywhere.
Single use plastic in all its forms – plastic bottles, straws, fast food cups and wrappers, sweet wrappers, crisp packets, carrier bags. Empty cans of beer or energy drinks. Balloons with ribbons. The list goes on and on.
I started to do regular beach cleans, river cleans and street cleans, litter picking on most of my walks. I shared my experiences via the Wildlife Gadget Man website and social media, hoping to inspire as many people as possible to do the same.
As my awareness of the subject of plastic waste and our impact on the environment has grown so has my passion for trying to do something about it. I decided to create a dedicated website to highlight my efforts and to show how you, your friends, your family and your work colleagues can do the same. RubbishWalks.co.uk was born.
The environmental issues we face today are both diverse and complex and the only way we can truly address them is by effective cooperation, coordination and collaboration.
We understand that there isn’t necessarily a ‘one size fits all’ answer or that we may have differing opinions on the best way to tackle these issues but we also understand that we share a common goal – to reduce, reverse or eliminate our impact on the environment.
We are also acutely aware that giving/receiving help and support to/from others can be the difference between failure and success.
That’s why we are here to help, to listen and to support in any way we can.
If you would like to collaborate in any of our projects or would like us to collaborate in any of yours then please get in touch.
We can’t promise to help every time but we are always happy to talk and listen.
‘Individually we might create a ripple. Together we can create a wave’.
IN THE COMMUNITY
If you are a community group, charity, WI, Rotary Club, Lions Club or youth group/organisation and would like us to talk at your next meeting then please get in touch. We have lots of inspiring stories to share as well as a variety of interactive activities, videos and practical advice in the battle against single-use plastics, litter and waste.
We can adapt our talks to perfectly connect with any age audience (from 5 to 105) and adjust talk durations to fit in with your timetable. Typical talks last 45-60mins but can be adjusted to 30-120mins if required.
We can bring along our own AV equipment but it makes things a lot easier if you can provide it at your venue. Typical requirements are an overhead projector, screen and mic/PA (depending on size of venue) but we can discuss the exact arrangements prior to the talk.
Please note there is a small charge of £35 for talks within a 30 mile radius of Ipswich. Talks outside this area may require an additional charge to cover travel expenses.
As a social enterprise, all profits generated are reinvested into projects to further our core objectives in local communities. We are also always looking to secure funding to allow us to offer FREE talks on some occasions.