This week on work experience I have had a range of waste related adventures! On Monday I met the really friendly Wiltshire Wildlife Team and spent the day helping Chelsie prep resources for our visit to Staverton Primary School.  On Tuesday I visited the Repair Academy which is a project set up to reuse and upcycle furniture and white goods.  During my visit I upcycled a pair of chairs, left at a Household Recycle Centre, which would have otherwise been 'rubbish', the chairs will soon continue their journey and will be reupholstered and sold on.  I really enjoyed my visit and think it’s really important to make sure things are being reused as much as possible. Whilst at the Repair Academy I also had a tour of the Hills Porte Marsh sorting centre for plastic bottle and cardboard recycling, we make a lot of waste!

Later on Jess and I visited the landfill and Materials Recycling Facility in Calne and during our visit, I learnt a lot about our waste in Wiltshire and how different waste products are sorted using some interesting machines.  After that, things got smelly! We made our way up to the landfill site and met Dave who gave us a tour of the site which was really interesting.  I learnt about the different by-products given off after the landfill cells are filled and the generators that use the methane gas to produce energy. The generators produce enough energy to power 7,500 properties per year.  Another sciencey part is the leachate also a byproduct of landfill which, after treatment, is used to flush through the sewage system. On average we use one landfill cell per year which is about 250,000 tonnes of rubbish. It was unbelievable to see the amount of rubbish we make in Wiltshire but really good to see the amount we recycle as well.

As a part of my time with the Waste Team at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, I have been looking at a project called ‘Plastic Free July’.  Plastic Free July aims to challenge people to refuse single use plastics and the problems caused by it. Plastic can be recycled but a lot of it isn’t and we use it so widely a lot of it ends up in landfill

However, there are solutions like avoiding plastic food packaging and shopping with re-usable shopping bags. Find out more on the website  Reducing the amount of plastics helps us to look after the environment around us. 

This blog was written by Hannah, who was on work experience with the waste team.