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Reduce & Recycle Your Food Waste For British Tomato Week

Birtish 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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Gemma’s Extra Week


In order to complete the challenge from 1 March – 13 April, I volunteered to do an extra week. I found my second week of the Six Items Challenge much better than the first. The week was quite warm so I was lucky. What Clothes I Chose I planned my outfits carefully selecting: 1.       1 pair of black…

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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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Slowing Down Fast Fashion’s Impact on the Planet


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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Anna’s Six Items Challenge


Intro Well, my turn began today and I completely forgot so it’s gotten off to wonderful start!  I guess the maxi-dress – a hand-me-down from my mum – and 15-year-old denim top that I threw on this morning will be in my six items rotation. The idea of a capsule wardrobe really appeals to me – having…

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Real Nappy Week 2017

real nappy week

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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Sarah’s Six Items Challenge


If you’ve been clicking in weekly to see how the team does – welcome back! If this is your first time then why not check out how the others in the team got on. I spent a lot of time thinking (possibly too much thinking) about my 6 item challenge before it started. I hav…

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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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Christin’s Six Items Challenge

6 Item Challenge Outfit

I would describe myself as a mood dresser. I like to have a variety of clothing to choose from in the morning depending on what I feel like. Different colours, patterns and styles as well as dresses, skirts and trousers are all an important part of my wardrobe. Needless to say, I was a bit…

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Love Your Clothes Sewing Repair Workshop: Take II


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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Gemma’s Six Items Challenge


Now it’s my turn for this 6-item challenge. Well, I am prepared. I thought about my most important clothing needs for the week. I work in more than one location, as I have three different jobs. One of them involves delivering organic locally sourced produce for a nonprofit veg box scheme. For this type of work…

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Congratulations to our Waste Week Winner


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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Emma’s Six Items Challenge


I am normally all on board for doing challenges, but was not looking forward to this particular one. I like choosing my clothes in the morning and I felt I might be judged for wearing the same clothes all the time. However, the challenge has been accepted so let’s see how this goes… Day 1…

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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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Roger’s Six Items Challenge

Roger in one of his ensembles.

When my team first touted this 6 Items Challenge my first exclamation was: “this is going to be a piece of cake”. What soon became quickly apparent was that it was my “male” mouth activating itself before my brain engaged. As a result, instead of a week, I was “given” an extra few days to “prove” my superiority and…

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The Six Items Challenge


We here at West London Waste love a challenge – especially one that tackles waste! According to the Love Your Clothes campaign, every year an estimated £140 million worth (around 350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK.  Fast fashion moves quickly, so instead of buying into it we’ve decided to challeng…

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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

Fresh bio-waste and compost

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

waste week

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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West London Nappy Pack Launches

miosoft lifestyle (woodland fox & elephant parade)

We’re over the moon to announce the launch of our new nappy packs. West London Waste has six free washable nappy packs to lend to west London parents. Once you experience what it’s really like to use washable nappies, we think you’ll be as excited as we are about them and their benefit to the environment…

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Charge Up Your Battery Knowledge


The small, but mighty battery is an indispensable part of our daily life. From mobile phones and laptops to toys and remote controls, we rely on batteries to power us through the day. No matter the type of battery, disposing of them properly is important. Batteries are made from many different types of natural resources and…

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Budget Food for Big Bill Months

Healthy salad with spinach,quinoa and roasted vegetables

Are your pennies feeling the pinch after Christmas? If so, you’re not alone. We all have months where our finances are tighter than others. When we’re hit with a big bill month, making our food go the extra mile is an easy way to save money – and help the environment at the same time! A new…

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Electricals Recycling Events

Switched on About WEEE

We are pleased to announce a series of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling events across our six west London boroughs. If your printer’s in pieces or your razor’s beyond repair then now’s the perfect time to clear out your unwanted small electrical items and bring them to us for recycling. We’ll take most…

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10 Ideas to Make Your Waste Less Resolution Stick

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New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to. From losing weight to eating more healthily, traditional resolutions often come with big ambitious that require lots of time and commitment. For 2017 why not try something different and make a resolution to throw less in your rubbish bin. We have 10 ideas that are quite sim…

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