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, reuse, recycle and compost their household rubbish.

Each year the project works with particular communities within Wiltshire. During 2016/17 the Team worked in Tidworth and Ludgershall with local schools, youth groups, preschools, and within the community, inspiring 5,627 people (2,386 adults and 3,241 children) to reduce their rubbish and recycle more. 

Castle Primary School Ludgershall was one of the schools where the Team delivered their education programme, running waste assemblies and workshops, trialling a ‘Waste Watcher’ reward card scheme, providing staff training and awarding the school a Waste Watcher Award for their actions to reduce rubbish and increase recycling. Head Teacher Andy Bridewell said the pupils’ tour of Wiltshire’s landfill site and Materials & Recycling Facility was extremely valuable, as were the after-school activities such as the Nature Club and swap shop, the Club “will regularly hold swap shops from now on - thanks for all the help and input.”

The Waste Team ran summer holiday pop-up activities to encourage action on food waste and organised autumn pop-up events including white goods maintenance and furniture up-cycling workshops with the Repair Academy and Christmas wrapping paper and gift-making sessions.

This year the Team are working with the communities of Royal Wootton Bassett, Cricklade, Westbury, Tidworth and Ludgershall to help them reduce the amount of rubbish in their black bins.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about how to reduce rubbish in your home, in your community or in your school the Waste Team would love to hear from you – please email contact us at via email or 01380 736077.  Follow us – Wiltshire Waste Watchers on Facebook and Pinterest and on Twitter @SlimBinsWilts