7 million tonnes of food and drink goes in the bin. Cutting out food waste create the same reduction in carbon emissions as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. WRAP

83per cent of sofas are not re-used. Just doubling the number of sofas re-used, could save 52,000 tonnes of CO2 WRAP

Between 25-40% of UK fruit and vegetable crops are rejected by supermarkets and end up in landfill. Tristram Stuart

Between 2012 and 2020 an estimated £7 billion of precious metal will be sent to landfill in the UK’s electronic waste WRAP

12 billion pounds worth of useable food is wasted in the UK - or about 20 million tonnes. Meanwhile 4 million people in the UK suffer from malnutrition. Tristram Stuart

Nearly 25 per cent of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) that's taken to landfill could be reused , worth around £200m gross a year. WRAP

The average family throws away £50 of good food every month WRAP

 

Transition Shrewsbury Tackle Loss of Kerbside Cardboard Collections

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When Shropshire Council stopped kerbside collections of cardboard at the end of  last year,  residents stepped in to fill the gap.    Transition Town Shrewsbury urged people to share trips to the household recycling centre,  to collect at schools, scouts and guides.  And as Christmas is one of the times when people have most waste Transition Shrewsbury ran “Cardboard Christmas”  -  setting up three collection points in town the first Saturday of the New Year.  Cardboard Christmas collected 11 tonnes of cardboard from the 950 people who brought their card.  Thanks to the help of 48 volunteers, support from local business and the free loan of trucks from social enterprises Cae Post and Cwm Harry, Cardboard Christmas was able to raise £560 for the Hospice and Hope House from the sale of  cardboard collected.

Cardboard collections still haven’t been reinstated, so Transition Shrewsbury have linked up with Ludlow 21 to promote community action on cardboard recycling and other materials not collected at the kerbside, like clothes and mixed plastics.  For more information contact Ali Thomas on alison.thomas08@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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