Next Public Meeting

7pm for 7.30 Monday Mar 16th, St Michael's Church

 Sorry, Cancelled

In light of the spread of Covid-19 or Corona Virus, after some discussion, we are choosing to continue with our planned meeting at St Michael’s Church on Monday night. This is in line with government guidelines and there are hand washing facilities in the church. There is also plenty of space to spread out. Obviously this is a rapidly developing situation, so please keep an eye on this page and/or Facebook /Twitter for updates in case we need to cancel at a later date. We thank you for your understanding.

  • General Macctastic updates (Constitution & Barnaby) - 10 mins
  • Repair Cafe - 10 mins
  • 20sPlenty Campaign Transport Group - 10 mins
  • Life with less Food waste, Lisa - 45-60 mins. Speaker Lisa Collas of ANSA will present a talk on Food Waste

Previous Meeting Notes

 Latest News

Repair Cafe

A new group of people are planning to run a trial of three Repair Cafe sessions in the ArtSpace.

At our next meeting they will be pleased to hear from anyone interested in helping; not just repairers, but also helpers for the cafe, publicity, and organisation.

For more information contact


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Current Topics

Perhaps the issue that dwarfs all other concerns. Macctastic has joined with Transition Wilmslow and Transition Bollington as 'The Cheshire East Climate Action Alliance', to present a combined approach to local government.

See our response to Cheshire East's consultation here

If you are wondering how to modify your own lifestyle to reduce CO2 emissions, contains some useful information.

If you want to know facts and figures about Climate Change, this BBC page includes a link to download a 197 page briefing document.

Student-led promotion of sustainability activity in schools, and links between schools, sharing best practice. 15 students from 5 different schools involved.
Listen to Esther's interview on Canalside Radio here .

Tytherington School students met with Michael Gove. Details

The group participates in FridaysForFuture school strikes.
See Upcoming Events

King’s School student Ben O’Donnell created this video of Macclesfield's Climate Protest on 20th September.

Tythy Goes Green have helped negotiate that no drinks in plastic bottles will be sold as part of the in-school catering provision from September 2019.


Litter / Guerrilla Clean-Up
-  Litter is free to be washed into rivers and travel to the sea. Rubbish that is put in any bin is unlikely to do so. This group is developing a list of interested participants, Council loaned equipment?, working with local businesses? Download more information in .PDF form .


Engaging with Neighbourhood Community Groups  - Several of these groups have aims for their neighbourhood that overlap with Macctastic's aims. More Details.

Macclesfield Mug Library
Macclesfield's Mug Library has been lending at 7 Treacle Markets this year!
We have over 100 ceramic mugs that can be borrowed instead of disposables, and you can find us at the Treacle Market every month (outside Fat Face), as well as other events across Macclesfield and beyond.

If you would like the mug library at your event please contact or fill out the online request form here.

If you can offer an hour of your time to look after the library on a Treacle Sunday there is an online rota here .

Plastic Reduction -
Macclesfield has its own plastic reduction website
Get in touch if you would like to work on encouraging local businesses (especially fast food) to use less plastic containers and cutlery.


Refill MacclesfieldRefill
  - we have set up several local Cafe's to offer free water bottle refills, without obligation to buy anything, as a way of reducing the number of plastic water bottles requiring disposal.

More Details.

Recycling in Cheshire East:
If you would like to know more about how your local recycling works,
visit the Recycling section of




Food Waste Collection

No need to wait before starting to put your food waste in the green bin. You don't need a caddy or caddy bin liners.

See the Cheshire East Web Page
Download their Food Waste Flyer

Some items that are not accepted by Cheshire East's recycling system, can be dropped off at a number of Terracycle collection points in Macclesfield.

Zero Waste: 
'Scoop and Scales' has established a 'bring your own container' buyers club in Macclesfield.

Download the latest pricelist file : PDF or Excel with more detail

and The Buying Procedure or latest Newsletter

See calendar (above) for next meeting.  Contact:
 Facebook Page

Sutton Post Office
have introduced a refill scheme working with PlasticFreeWeigh of Knutsford.
See Facebook Post

  - working to reduce car journeys within the town,
particularly associated with schools, encourage cycling and a 20mph urban speed limit. See 20splenty .

Next Meeting: Tuesday 28th April 7.30pm at the Park Tavern .
Previous Meeting Notes


Thinking about an Electric Car? Read one local person's experience here


Macctastic is still at a formative stage. As yet, our new group has no organisational structure, but the current thinking is that the energy and direction should come from the individual groups themselves, and that Macctastic should simply be a place where the groups can meet from time to time, to share ideas, resources and network connections.

The working draft purpose of the group is:-
"To be a welcoming and inclusive group of people of all ages, interested in living well, whilst working towards a more sustainable Macclesfield"

Our first AGM on 16th March will discuss a constitution, membership, and officers.

Listen To Tracy Kelly's interview on Canalside Radio here

If you are interested in shaping the group, please use the contact details below.

General Enquiries:

Background Information

Following the success of the 'Macctastic Less Plastic' event at the Barnaby Treacle Market event in June 2018,  there have been several public meetings with the aim ‘Make Macc More Sustainable’.

The name has been shortened to 'Macctastic' to reflect the new broader interest beyond plastic pollution.

A number of groups have emerged, (see above) each interested in different sustainability concerns and aspirations for the town.
The individual groups meet independently to discuss how the 'ideas' can be turned into ‘actions’.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact
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Previous Meetings
(pdf downloads)

Downoad the '20's Plenty' presentation (3.6Mb) 20 Jan 2020

Notes of Meeting 20 Jan 2020

Notes of Meeting 18 Nov 2019

News Letter October 2019

Notes of Meeting 15 July 2019

Notes of Meeting 18 March 2019

Notes of Meeting 28 January 2019

Notes of Meeting November 2018

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