A key part of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s mission is to inspire residents to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.  Reducing our rubbish and recycling more helps conserve valuable resources, saves energy and reduces landfill which all helps to protect the environment.   For over 10 years the Waste Team at the Trust has been working in partnership with Wiltshire Council to support households throughout the county to reduce, re-use, recycle and compost their household rubbish.

Each year the project focuses on a particular community in Wiltshire.  During 2015/16 the Team worked in Westbury with local schools, youth groups, pre-schools, and within the community, inspiring 2661 adults and 2639 children to reduce their rubbish and recycle more.  Westbury C of E Junior School was one of the schools where the Team delivered their education programme, running waste workshops, forest school sessions at WWT Green Lane Wood nature reserve, an after-school ‘swap shop’ and carrying out a waste audit to increase school recycling.  The Team also helped developed a forest school area in school grounds. 

 

“The work we have done with WWT has far surpassed any of our expectations.  The staff

were also incredibly engaging with our children and were able to motivate them and

get the best from them all.  The projects that were run were inspiring and, those that we

can copy, we will continue to run in the future.” Victoria Withers, Deputy Head Westbury

C of E Junior School

 

The Waste Team joined local organisations to run family fun, waste-free activities during the school holidays, created a community wall-hanging from rubbish, organised a clothes ‘Swish’ at a local bar, a ‘design your own’ cotton bag competition with Hills Waste Solutions and displays and information stands in the local library, supermarkets and visitor centre.  The grand finale was ‘Let’s Go Wild for Westbury’ a fantastic community event with lots of recycling and waste-free fun and food that was enjoyed by over 200 residents. 

This year the Team are working with the communities of Tidworth and Ludgershall to help them reduce the amount of rubbish in their black bins.

If you would like to know more or find out how to reduce rubbish in your home, in your community or in your school the Waste Team would love to hear from you, particularly if you live in the Tidworth and Ludgershall area – please email contact us at rethinkrubbish@wiltshirewildlife.org or 01380 736077.  Follow us on twitter @SlimBinsWilts