Green Living We can all make a difference! 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. Starting at home we can: Reduce our rubbish by using and buying less ‘stuff’, you could make a shopping list so that you only buy what you need and save money at the same time! See www.lovefoodhatewaste.com and www.carryoncomposting.com for ways to reduce food ending up in your bin and www.loveyourclothes.org.uk to find out how to keep your clothes out of the (recycling) box for as long as possible. Reuse – if you do have to buy something, try to get as much life out of it as possible before recycling it, for example, take unwanted clothes or kitchenware to a charity shop. Try buying what you need from a charity shop or check out refurbished white goods available from local organisation, the Repair Academy. Recycle your rubbish using your black box, blue-lidded wheelie bin and local Household Recycling Centre. Wiltshire Council and Recycle Now have lots of useful information about what and where you can recycle. Reducing plastic waste in our environment…. There’s been lots of attention focused on plastic recently, especially single-use plastic such as straws, soft drink bottles and take-away cutlery, www.lessplastic.co.uk has some good tips to reduce your use and Surfers Against Sewerage have guidelines on how you can use less plastic at home and in your local community. And check out the Refill app to avoid buying drinks in plastic bottles. 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 fundraising 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 Education 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 for Slim Bins, our quarterly e-news. Waste Free February 2018 #WasteFreeFeb 2018 was a huge success with over 100 people taking part and over 2 tonnes kept out the bin! We have put together some stats from the challenge. Thank you to everyone who took part this year The 'Waste Free' Challenge What is waste-free living? It means reducing the amount of waste you put in your rubbish bin. This has a huge positive environmental impact by reducing the amount of rubbish that has to be disposed of, for example in landfill. So what is the challenge? We are challenging you to reduce your waste to a jam jar. We are classing waste as anything that cannot be reused, recycled or composted. The challenge isn't restricted to a jam jar for a month - you can set your own, realistic goals to reduce your waste over a different time period; however, the ultimate challenge is 1 jam jar's worth of waste for the month of February. Need help? We have created a fantastic Waste Free Guide with lots of guidance and tips. Waste-Free February Wiltshire User Guide Waste-Free February User Guide We have a Facebook Group to support everyone taking part - here you can share any tips or things you have found useful to know but it's also a place to ask for help. Waste Free Feb Facebook Group. Keep us updated on your progress on Twitter @Slimbins or Facebook @WasteFreeFeb. Please use #wastefreefeb when sharing your journey. Take on the Waste Free challenge and join us for Waste-Free Feb next year!