Guildhall blue plaque

Our green town

The town council is dedicated to tackling climate change and will strive to deliver services that will benefit the community and achieve our net zero aims. To do this, we work with and promote local organisations and individuals to provide green initiatives around the town.

Refill stations

Over 20 Lyme Regis cafes, restaurants and hotels will top up your water bottle free of charge, reducing the demand for single-use plastic bottles and cups – you just have to ask! 

Download the Refill mobile app which shows your nearest Refill ‘water station’ and look out for the logo in shop windows. 

In addition, the Lyme Regis Town Council has three free-to-use Refill taps – one outside the public toilets on Marine Parade, one in the Marine Parade Shelters next to Boylos, and one at the Candles on the Cobb Pavilion in Anning Road Playing Field.

Remember to stay hydrated, especially on hot sunny days! 

Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags are handmade, reusable bags available at participating shops and businesses in Lyme Regis, which are free for customers to use in an attempt to cut down on single-use plastic. Shoppers are then asked to return their bags to any of the participating businesses so they can be continuously used. What goes around, comes around!

The scheme was launched in the town by Turn Lyme Green and almost 1,000 bags have been made by local volunteers. As each bag is handmade, they are all unique and made from donated cloth. Each bag carries the ‘Boomerang Bag Lyme Regis’ patch and participating outlets display a poster with the Boomerang Bags logo

You can find out more about the Boomerang Bag scheme and a full list of participating outlets on the Plastic Free Lyme website.

Seaside Store

Run under the umbrella of Lyme Regis Development Trust, the Seaside Store is helping to reduce food poverty in the community, encourage healthier diets and reduce food waste. Based on the ‘social supermarket’ model, the store is open every week at The Hub, Church Street, giving people access to fresh and nutritious food at affordable prices.

Launched in June 2021 and run by volunteers, the store has proved to be a huge success. Registration is simple and members pay a weekly membership cost of £3.50 for 10 items or £5 for 15 items, plus fresh fruit and vegetables and bakery items are free. The Seaside Store is open to anyone who needs to top up their weekly shop, no referral is needed.

The majority of the food is bought from environmental charity FareShare, which takes good quality surplus food from the food industry and redistributes it to charities and community groups. So not only can members feed their families and fill their cupboards, they also save perfectly good food going to landfill. The store also relies on the generosity of the local community to keep the cupboards full.

For more information about the Seaside Store, email or contact Lisa or Mary on 07835 799469.

The Coastal Community Cupboard Facebook page is also updated regularly with details of the produce available each week.

Waste and recycling

All domestic and commercial waste and recycling services are provided by Dorset Council and Dorset Waste Partnership. This includes collection of household waste, recycling and garden waste, commercial waste and recycling, street cleaning and litter.

They also run mini recycling centres and household recycling centres. The nearest mini recycling bank is at Holmbush car park, Pound Street, Lyme Regis. The nearest household recycling centre is at Broomhills Nursery, West Bay Fields, Bridport.

More information about bins, recycling and litter can be found on the Dorset Council website.