Over 20,000 bedding plants are used yearly around the town in key places and most of our beds contain perennials. The range of plants grown means there are nectar sources from February to November. Very little bagged compost is used and we mainly use recycled green waste and leaf mould from The Lodge on permanent beds. Weed killer use is limited to glycophosphate on pavements and gutters and no chemical treatments are used on any of the flower and shrub beds. A plastic audit ensures that all our plastic items (pots and seed trays) can be used more than once. Even old compost and gravel bags are regularly re-used when we weed and collect litter. All these policies contribute to reducing our use of carbon. NBIB is a member of FIDRA, an organisation that aims to minimise plastic waste and encourage recycling in North Berwick. Litter picks on the beaches are supported by a range of organisations and the people of the town. North Berwick's beaches annually achieve a Seaside Award.
There is a drive to collect rain water using butts placed at key buildings (e.g. Seabird Centre and Abbey Church). ELC has installed two 'big belly' solar powered bins in the town and NBIB has been invited to comment on East Lothian’s climate change strategy.