Help your community!

We can all make a difference to the amount of rubbish we produce in Wiltshire. Individuals can reduce their household rubbish and reuse and recycle more and community groups can take action and help to promote this message to the wider community. Help Wiltshire Council reach the target of recycling 50% of our rubbish by 2020 and improve the quality of recycling collected.

Spread the word

You could spread the message locally by putting up posters and displays in public venues, running information stands at events and in shopping areas or giving talks to local community groups - Wiltshire Council’s website is helpful and the national campaign website Recycle Now contains lots of recycling facts.

Groups can book a free tour around Wiltshire’s Materials Recycling Facility and landfill site run by Hills Waste Solutions near Calne - contact [email protected] or T: 01793 714456.    

A great step to show you’re serious about taking action is to do a ‘waste audit’ of your community facilities – a chance to see what is being thrown away - and then set up systems to reduce the rubbish and recycle as much as possible.

Have fun with it

Other fun, waste-reducing activities you could organise include an upcycling workshop, ‘Swish’ (clothes swap) or swap shop, Repair Café, share shop or tool library, community fridge, setting up recycling collections to fundraise or encouraging ‘greener’ upcycled gardens.

Consider what could work where you live and what interests, skills and resources are available in your community.  Think about how you can get other local groups, businesses and schools in your area involved.

Contact the Waste and Recycling Team if you have any questions or would like support to set up any of the above [email protected] or 01380 736077.  Follow us – Wiltshire Waste Watchers on Facebook and Pinterest, @SlimBinsWilts on Twitter and sign up to Slim Bins, our quarterly e-news.