Community/Events - Surfers Against Sewage: Under the Sea and Wivenhoe RRR CIC: Recycling Expo

Two innovative events coming up in Colchester that aim to reduce waste, pollution and landfill and promote a greener, more sustainable environment.

Whilst living in Thailand for a year, Lou of the not-for-profit event company Toodle Lou, used to spend her Sunday mornings cleaning the local beach. The amount of rubbish, plastic and litter that washed up every day convinced her that Toodle Lou's next fundraiser should be for Surfers Against Sewage.

Surfers Against Sewage is a grassroots movement that has grown into one of the UK’s most active and successful environmental charities. They organise hundreds of beach cleans every year as well as going into schools to educate the next generation on going plastic-free and the importance of water quality. They are involved in marine conservation and also convened the Protect Our Waves All-Party Parliamentary Group.

Toodle Lou Event's Under The Sea party will be taking place on Friday 30th March at 7.30pm at the ever-reliable Colchester Arts Centre. Essex-based party band Jupiter Ray will be providing the music live on stage and there will be lots of interactive performers to bring the watery-themed fun. Specially created cocktails will be available and the vegan fish and chip van Battered will be in attendance too! Fancy dress in encouraged but anyone wanting to attend is welcome! There will also be some fantastic prizes to be won on the night thanks to local supporters Mermaiding UKJacqueline's Tea Room and EmporiumPoppys Tea RoomColchester Body ArtsMayim Mermaid AcademyAunt EmilyLove Libby X and The Green Gathering 2-5 August 2018


Tickets can be purchased here with 100% of the money raised going to Surfers Against Sewage. 'Water' you got to lose?!

And next month long-time Colchester Life friend, Wivenhoe Repair Reuse Recycle CIC are hosting their inaugural Recycling Expo at Firstsite on 22nd April 2018, 10am-4pm. This will be the first public event of its kind to inspire and promote the repair, reuse and recycling of all materials to a wider audience. 

It's a staggering fact that Britain currently dumps or incinerates around 20 million tonnes of household rubbish each year and at current rates that figure is set to double. However, the principle of 'zero waste' states that everything we buy is, ultimately, made from materials, which can be repaired, reused or recycled - Wivenhoe RRR CIC help communities to do that by offering repair cafes and a low-cost home repair service for white goods, reconditioned appliances and a recycling service, stripping down items due to be dumped to salvage useful material, all while imparting skills and educating the younger generation.


Chris and his team hope to attract more than 2,000 members of the public during the course of the day – as well as VIPs and the media. 

Exhibitors will be promoting solutions to the many problems caused by waste, sharing success stories and helping people to make better, more enviromentally-sound choices in their everyday lives. 

For more information or to get involved please contact Chris on 0779 949 4797 or email