Recycle for Wiltshire Joint Venture

Inspiring people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles is part of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s mission.  Reducing our rubbish and recycling more helps conserve valuable resources, saves energy and reduces landfill which all helps to protect nature and the environment.   

For over 15 years the Waste Education Team at the Trust worked in partnership with Wiltshire Council to support households and communities throughout the county to reduce, re-use, recycle and compost their household rubbish.

The Waste Team’s funding ended in July 2019 and the Trust is currently trialling a Sustainability Officer role which includes an element of waste and recycling. Thank you to everyone who supported the Waste Team over the years.

How the Joint Venture worked

The project worked with Area Boards and their communities across Wiltshire, drawing up a Campaign Plan with Wiltshire Councillors and the local Community Engagement Manager. During 2019 the Team carried out activities in Calne, Trowbridge, Royal Wootton Bassett and Westbury. They worked with local schools, youth groups, pre-schools and community groups, inspiring as many residents as possible to reduce their rubbish and recycle more. 

The Team delivered a variety of educational workshops and activities, from compost bug hunting and Waste-Free School campaigns to sessions encouraging action on food waste, making your own toiletries and learning washing machine maintenance.

In schools the Team delivered their education programme, running waste assemblies, zero-waste workshops and the ‘Wiltshire Waste Watcher Reward Card Challenge’. They provided staff training and awarded the Waste Watcher Award for a school’s actions to reduce rubbish and increase recycling.  

Find out more

If you would like to contact our Sustainability Officer to discuss an idea for reducing rubbish and/or increasing recycling or to find out more about green living please contact us at [email protected] or on 01380 736077. You can also follow us (Wiltshire Waste Watchers on Facebook and Pinterest and @SlimBinsWilts on Twitter) and sign up to Slim Bins, our biannual e-newsletter.