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Package Free Shopping – Myth or reality?

I often walk into the supermarket and find myself asking… ‘Why is there such a limited selection of package free items?’ It seems that everything tends to come in some form of packaging. When I unpack my groceries at home, most of this packaging ultimately ends up filling up my bin. From pasta and ric…

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Are Bee’s Reaching their Tipping Point?

Having recently been out in my garden for the first time during these winter months to tackle the overgrown weeds, and an attempt to cut the grass whilst the sun was out I noticed a couple of bees buzzing around. This got me thinking about the report I stumbled across that came out last week…

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London Fashion Week 2018 – On the lookout for responsible designers

London Fashion week sets the bar once again for next season (Autumn/Winter 2018) with an abundance of bright and bold statement pieces saturating the catwalk. We’ve decided to investigate up and coming designers that implement environmental and social responsibility through the materials used within their collections. After watching David Attenborough’s BBC series Blue Planet II,…

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West London Waste Authority Celebrates First Full Year Of Operations at Severnside Energy Recovery Centre

West London Waste Authority and its constituent boroughs, project investors and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ), came together this past week at the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre (SERC) in South Gloucestershire to celebrate its successful first year of full service operations as part of a 25 year Public Private Partnership contract. Under the contract,…

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Latte Levy?

Each minute in the UK, 500 coffee cups are thrown away, that’s up to 2.5 billion of them in our waste stream every year. Britain’s coffee cravings are only increasing the amount of waste produced with much of the “disposable cups” being littered. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is now calling on the government to…

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New Year New Gadgets?

New phones, tablets and even the Amazon Alexa seemed to be on the top of everyone’s Christmas list. With the festive period over, it’s safe to say our homes are packed with the latest gadgets and gizmos that will make our lives easier, so they say. New electronics replacing the old ones but what to…

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Are you going to make a last minute dash this Christmas?

Christmas is only a few days away and perhaps you’re sitting back relaxing knowing well that you have already done your Christmas gift shopping, have them wrapped perfectly and have them safely stored under the tree. But, if you’re reading this, it’s not too late, you can still find that perfect gift for that specia…

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We’re making a list and checking it twice

If you’re wondering how you’ll be able to pull everything together before the 25th or even if you’ve done your preparations months ago, it’s always a good idea to take some time a make a list this week, before Santa comes to town! If Santa can keep track of his naughty and nice list, what’s…

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#SecondHandFirst Week

#Secondhandfirst Society has been in love with ‘new’ for a long time now. Almost all of this are guilty of this – constantly buying new to replace what we have even though its still in great condition. We need to challenge ourselves to keep finding the value in our items, even though we may hav…

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Have you got the guts for some leftover Halloween recipes?

Halloween has now passed but how many of us still have our pumpkins from the night’s festivities? We know a lot of you don’t get rid of your pumpkins straight after Halloween and that’s definitely a good thing! However, some of us still don’t use up all that pumpkin goodness! It’s frightening to think about…

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Sew many textiles, Sew little time

In October, we held our lunchtime sew-cial at the Hounslow Civic centre and helped a few people add those little touches to their textiles. We provided sewing machines and basic textile repair kit equipment had a few people turn up on their lunch breaks with their beautiful textiles. Our sewing sew-cials are a great way…

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Join in this recycle week! Why because it’s worth it!

All this week, West London Waste will be promoting Recycle Week between 25th Sept – 1st Oct 2017. This year, Recycle for London’s annual recycling celebration aims to help tell the story of what everyday waste can be turned into, showing the residents of our six boroughs how easy it is to make a difference.…

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My WLWA Work Experience Blog – by Leila Gunnewicht

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!

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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?

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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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