The UK's first ever Bin Twin Community

It all started when twins Jack and Emily Chadwick went with their parents to COP26, the UN climate summit in Glasgow – and decided they wanted to do more to protect the environment.

The eight-year-olds heard about Bin Twinning through a family friend – and a green movement took root in their tiny Northamptonshire village, Chelveston-cum-Caldecott.

In fact, the Chadwick family’s enthusiasm for cleaning up waste locally and globally has inspired so many others in the village that Chelveston has just become the UK’s first ‘Bin Twin Community’.

The twins’ dad, Chad, is a church youth worker. ‘After COP26, our family were searching for a way of encouraging our community to care for the local environment, but also find ways of positively engaging with global issues,’ Chad says. ‘When a friend told us about Bin Twinning, we realised it was just the kind of opportunity we had been looking for.’

First, the Chadwicks chose to twin their family bin with a plastic recycling plant in Masaka, Uganda. 

Then Emily gave a speech at a meeting of the Parish Council, who voted unanimously to twin eight public litter bins. Meanwhile, Jack wrote to his headteacher and asked if the school could twin their bins. The local church joined the cause. 

A local litter-pick inspired 17 villagers to twin their bins, too. ‘Two of them had experienced rubbish-burning themselves when they had lived in Iraq and Zimbabwe, so there was a really personal sense of connection,’ says Chad.

The Bin Twinning campaign has since inspired local litter-picks, nature walks, a regular newsletter, and local recycling efforts.

Bin Twinning CEO Lorraine Kingsley presented the ‘Bin Twin Community’ award, in recognition of the community’s extraordinary efforts, at a recent celebratory event. This included a litter-pick, guided nature walks, upcycled crafts sale, and a live chat between Chelveston residents and Bin Twinning’s project manager in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

‘We’re so pleased to recognise Chelveston’s efforts to live more sustainably and tackle waste, both here and abroad,’ says Lorraine. ‘We look forward to working together to make even more of an impact as they inspire other towns and villages to follow in their footsteps.’