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. 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 a helpful resource 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 Dawn Jennings Dawn.Jennings@hills-group.co.uk or 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 a clothes swap or ‘Swish’, swap shops or free shops, litter-picks, share shops and tool libraries, Repair Cafés and upcycling workshops, setting up recycling collections to fundraise or encouraging ‘greener’ gardens.

Each community is different so see what you think could work where you live and what interests, skills and resources your group of volunteers have.  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 rethinkrubbish@wiltshirewildlife.org or 01380 736077.  Follow us on twitter @SlimBinsWilts

There’s lots happening in Wiltshire, find out what’s going on in your area: