Resources

 

Zero Waste Futures

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation evidence the impact the resources lost to our economy through waste. Founder member of Zero Waste Alliance Robin Murray maps out his vision of a Zero Waste Economy - Zero Waste.   

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European and UK Policy

For UK policy see  defra includes the Waste Strategy for England, statistics and information. European Union - details of the  European Commission's Waste Policy.  And their latest thinking on waste reduction and prevention.

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The Impact of Waste

Tristram Stuart researcher and thinker on food waste author of “The Scandal of Food Waste” and behind the UK’s Food Waste Bill. Story of Stuff a powerful 20-minute film looking at the impact of our production and consumption patterns.   It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.  Lots of useful stuff on mobiles, the cost of waste

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Learn how to start a simple compost system

Composting at home is a brilliant way to reduce landfill waste. It saves you money too because you no longer need to buy bags of compost from the garden centre. Composting helps you to be self sufficient and is literally a way to turn your trash into treasure! It's easy to compost as long as you follow a few basic rules. Many people believe you thrown some grass clippings and vegetable peelings in a corner of the garden and you'll end up with compost.

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The top ten tips for easy recycling

Recycling is easy once you put a few things in place. Here are ten tips to get you recycling like a pro; you'll soon be on your way to zero waste! 1- Find out what recyclable materials can be collected from your kerbside and make it your goal to recycle as much as you can. Check out the Recycle Now website to find details or contact your local council. 2- Use the same links above to discover where your local recycling facilities are. Start taking

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Find out where your bring banks are and use them

Kerbside recycling collections can be limited which is why it's good to be familiar with your local Bring Banks. Bring Banks are recycling areas dotted around that provide containers for certain recyclable materials. You'll find them outside pubs, supermarkets or other council-owned areas and you might be surprised to learn what is nearby! This really is a postcode lottery, so just because your friend on one side of the country can recycle certain

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Use your kerbside collection services

It couldn't be easier to use your kerbside collection services. Every Local Authority in the UK provides recycling services from right outside your home either weekly or fortnightly. All you have to do is find out what you can recycle, get hold of the proper recycling receptacles and make a start! Some areas have co-mingling collections which means all your recyclable materials goes into one container. Other areas provide separated collections which

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Take a cloth bag when shopping

If you can't manage to do anything else to reduce waste, then at least start with this one. There are 17½ billion plastic carrier bags given out by supermarkets in the UK every year; yet only one in every 200 plastic carrier bags is recycled. Most carrier bags are used just once before being dumped in the landfill where they can take up to 1000 years to break down. It has to be one of the biggest wastes of resources that we all take for granted.

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