Recycle for Wiltshire Joint Venture

After 20 years, the Recycle Project with Wiltshire Council has come to an end. We are now looking at the legacy of this project and have some new exciting ideas to take forward. Watch this space for further news.

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 10 years the Waste Education Team at the Trust has been working in partnership with Wiltshire Council to support households throughout the county to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost their household rubbish.

How it works

Each year the project works with Area Boards and their communities, drawing up a Campaign Plan with Wiltshire Councillors and the local Community Engagement Manager.  During 2018 the Team are working in Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade and Westbury.  They work 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 deliver 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 Westbury Infant School the Team delivered their education programme during 2017/18, running waste assemblies and zero waste workshops.  They provided staff training and awarded the school a Waste Watcher Award for their actions to reduce rubbish and increase recycling.  Recycling now happens across the school with the children in charge of ensuring the correct materials are recycled on a weekly basis.  Teacher James Brewer said “Gemma has been a great help throughout the year, speaking to the staff and children on a number of occasions.  The school has joined Wiltshire Scrapstore, and are using junk in class and scrap paper drawers.  We are in the process of constructing compost bins so we will be able to compost food scraps from class and the kitchen.”

Work offered as part of the Campaign Plans is provided free of charge but the team can deliver work outside these areas where a fee is charged.  Please do get in touch if you would like to know what we can offer in your school or community.

Find out more

If you would like to get involved or find out more about green living and how to reduce rubbish, the Waste Education Team would love to hear from you – please contact us at [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.