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My WLWA Work Experience Blog – by Leila Gunnewicht

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I came to West London Waste Authority (WLWA) for work experience as I am interested in pursuing a career within the sustainability and environment sector, and with university applications looming, I wanted to be certain this was something I was interested in so I spent a few days in August with the Waste Minimisation Team.…

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Zero Waste Week is Here!

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This week we’re celebrating Zero Waste Week. Whether you’re a recycling beginner or seasoned pro, an individual or business owner, there are plenty of reasons for everyone to get involved. Last year in west London we disposed of  576,000 tonnes of rubbish and sent 15% of that straight to landfill. The good news is this represented a…

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Reduce Your Waste for the New School Year

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Not that we need reminding but the last weeks of August signals the return of the nation’s kids to classrooms in a week’s time. It’s back to school time! From new wardrobes to after school snacks – there’s all manner of new items to shop for. Whether opting for high-tech or second-hand, we want to…

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Countdown to Zero Waste Week 2017

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Tips for Zero Waste Week Didn’t summer just begin? In fact, there’s no point reminiscing because creeping in ever so slowly over the horizon is September. The final 1/3 of 2017! September brings with it many changes – the new school year, that slight change in the weather as it gets darker earlier and one of our…

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What’s Your Food Perfect Match for Summer

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There is no shortage of dating apps out there so it’s no wonder our leftover foods want to be paired up as well! On average, each person throws away around two and a half meals per week, so we need to rekindle our love affair with our food. Our friends at Love Food Hate Wast…

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Christin’s Plastic Free July Challenge

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Our plastic problem We often hear in the media that plastics are bad for the environment although most are recyclable in some way. We’ve seen photographs of turtles with straws in their nose or birds caught up in some kind of plastic ring or garbage islands floating in the oceans. According to a WRAP report,…

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Make July your Repair Month!

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Our Love Your Clothes repair workshops are back by popular demand! In July, we’ll be hosting three free sewing workshops. Two of the workshops will be textile repair events only in Harrow and Hounslow.  The third event in Hillingdon will be a combined repair event for clothes and electrical items. This combined Restart Party and Clothes Repair workshop,…

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Make it a Zero Waste week for National Picnic Week

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National Picnic Week Summer is here. As the days finally get longer and warmer, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the sun and the lovely outdoors with a picnic, trip to the park or even a weekend at a music festival. We shouldn’t however let the carefree spirit of summer sweep your great waste and…

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Get Swishing & Sewing this Summer to reduce your textile waste

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Textiles in the UK In the UK we purchase 400% more clothing today than we did just 20 years ago, which equates to 2.15 million tonnes of clothing and shoes being bought every year. Our keen appetite for this fast fashion, throw-away culture has led to 350,000 tonnes of used textiles ending up in landfill in the UK every…

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Hounslow Residents – Are you ready for your Recycling Refresh?

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Hounslow residents will soon be receiving their new red and blue recycling boxes ahead of the refreshed weekly recycling collection service. Hounslow Council needs residents’ help to recycle food waste, plastics, cans, paper, card and glass bottles.  While 31 per cent of the borough’s waste is recycled each year, £1.3 million a year in disposa…

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West London Waste Authority Library Tour 2017!

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The West London Waste Library Tour is coming back to a library near you! Come along and talk to us about waste and recycling. Whether you want to know how to save, money, find out more about your local services or just want to try something new it would be lovely to chat to you.…

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Hounslow Recycling Refresh

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Hounslow Council will start delivering new recycling boxes to all houses in the borough on the 5th June 2017.  The deliveries of the boxes will take place between the 5th and the 30th of June. Once residents have taken delivery of their boxes they will receive a weekly recycling collection the following week. Hounslow Counc…

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Upcycled Crafts for Half-term

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It’s half term this week, so we’ve collected up some cool crafting ideas to have fun with, entertain your kids and use items that aren’t really rubbish after all! Using things that are commonly found in the house you can get creative and show your children just how much fun reducing, re-using, recycling can be!…

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Reduce & Recycle Your Food Waste For British Tomato Week

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In 2015 UK households threw away over 7 million tonnes of food. Most of it was still edible and could have been avoided. Although food is an organic material it does not simply decompose in landfill as air cannot get to it. Instead it rots in the ground and releases the harmful greenhouse gas methan…

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Zero Waste blog for National Vegetarian Week

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For anyone who’s been itching to try more vegetarian dishes or even looking to trial a possible lifestyle change and want to dip their toes into the vegetarian world, this week could provide the best opportunity to do so. National Vegetarian Week, which runs from 15th to 21st May this year, is a good tim…

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International Compost Awareness Week

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International Compost Awareness Week runs from 7-13 May this year and we’ll be celebrating compost all week long! Compost Awareness Week seeks to promote the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertiliser and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment. This year’s…

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Slowing Down Fast Fashion’s Impact on the Planet

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During lent this year our Waste Minimisation Team embarked on Labour Behind the Label’s Six Items Challenge. From 1st March – 13th April 2017 we went on a fashion fast to raise awareness about the impacts of textile waste on the environment. Each person from our team was assigned a week where they chose six…

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Fashion Revolution Week

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It’s Fashion Revolution Week and we’re celebrating to raise awareness of textile waste. Did you know in the UK we throw away roughly 350,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles worth over £140 million annually. In west London most of this ends up being burned for energy recovery – not the best use of clothing for our economy…

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Real Nappy Week 2017

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Real Nappy Week kicks off next week with lots of activities and competitions to celebrate. Real Nappy Week is the annual celebration of washable nappies organised by Go Real – a social enterprise promoting washable nappies. This year’s theme is One World, One Change and we have some great stuff in store for you! West London Waste Real Nappy Week Competition…

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Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Egg-cessive Packaging this Easter

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Easter eggs have taken over shop shelves! You may have noticed all the bright colours invading your favourite grocery store. Did you also notice all the packaging many of them come wrapped up in? We often speak to people who think there is too much packaging on products and it should be reduced. In the UK…

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Love Your Clothes Sewing Repair Workshop: Take II

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They came back by popular demand! Another round of our popular Love Your Clothes sewing repair workshops took place on 13-14 March in Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. Residents had the chance to refashion and repair items for their Spring wardrobes and beyond… Skill Sharing in Hillingdon Our Hillingdon workshop was filled to the brim. Nearly 20…

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Congratulations to our Waste Week Winner

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Congratulations to St. Richard’s C of E Primary School in Ham for winning our Waste Week 2017 competition! Now in their third year of participation, St. Richard’s has won for the first time. Student’s collected a whopping 260 kilograms of electrical waste – or nearly one kilogram per pupil. The school will now receive a £500 voucher…

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Top 5 Decluttering Tips for Spring

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Spring is finally here! What better way to greet the new season than with a good clear out? Decluttering helps create more space, much needed in London, and ensures items you no longer use can be passed on to others who want them and will use them. From computer cords to winter knits you haven’t worn in…

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WEEE Love Recycling!

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The official results are in! West London residents love recycling. To kick off the New Year in (waste minimisation) style, we hosted our annual series of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) events. Our week-long WEEE collections give west London residents the chance to recycle unwanted electrical items locally. The events this year were a smash success! Big Recycling Results…

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Reminder: Richmond Re-use & Recycling Centre Temporary Closure

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Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre will be temporarily closed from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March 2017 for upgrading works. It will reopen on Saturday 1 April 2017. During this planned closure there will be other sites available in the West London Waste Authority Area. Find out more here.…

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It’s Time to Get Sewing!

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Our Love Your Clothes repair workshops are back by popular demand! On 13th-14th March we’ll be hosting three free sewing workshops in Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. If you’re keen to learn some practical sewing skills to make your clothes last longer than come join us! Tackling Textile Waste Did you know each year in the UK we throw away roughly 350,000 tonnes…

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Give Up Binning Food This Lent

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For many people lent is an opportunity to try to give up bad habits. So, while lots of us will be ditching our favourite sweets or beloved coffee, we’re here to propose a different challenge. We think the next 40 days is the ideal time to get us all to stop putting food in the bin! Why giv…

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Waste Week 2017

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On average in the UK we buy three new electrical items every year. Unfortunately, only a small number of the unwanted or broken items end up being recycled. We want to encourage recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) so we’re taking part in The Pod‘s Waste Week again this year. Waste Week aims to educate young peo…

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Show Your Love for the Environment – It’s Valentine’s Day!

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Wake up and smell the unwrapped roses – Valentine’s Day is here! While we all love a big hug and kiss from our loved ones, many of us will feel compelled to give a little more. Sadly for the environment cellophane wrapped chocolate boxes and glittery cards that can’t be recycled are often the go-to present this…

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Zero Waste Cooking

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Cooking with zero waste in mind is a great way to get the most from the food you buy. A recent food waste report by WRAP revealed UK households threw away a whopping £13 billion worth of edible food in 2015. According to the report, households waste 7.3 million tonnes of food each year, costing families up to £700…

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