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Thanks for a Souper Evening!

WLWA’s first-ever Disco Soup on 27 October was a souper success with over 50 residents coming together to create a delicious meal from surplus food! In the lead up we saved approximately 60 kilograms of perfectly edible surplus food from FareShare and the local Pinner Sainsbury’s that was then transformed into a delicious feast by you…

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Disco Soup – Lettuce Dance to the Beet!

Get your dancing shoes on and your vegetable peelers out! We can’t wait to host you, together with special guest stars, at our first-ever Disco Soup 7:00PM 27 October at Pinner Village Hall. While the event is free, spaces are limited so please register on EventBrite to ensure entrance on the night. Did you know as a nation we throw away 1 out…

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West London’s Food Waste Movement Gets Funky

In recent years food waste has gone from minor afterthought to full blown media sensation. With TV programmes like Hugh’s War on Waste and the Evening Standard’s recent Food for London campaign, food waste’s become the topic du jour across London’s dining tables – and with good reason! Did you know 1/3 of all the food we produc…

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Love Your Clothes Repair Workshops

West London Waste is delighted to be teaming up with Recycle for London’s Love Your Clothes campaign to bring you a series of free sewing repair workshops. The workshops focus on sharing repair skills to extend the life of your clothes. They also provide an excellent opportunity to repair or re-fashion your pre-loved items and meet…

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5p Plastic Bag Charge – One Year On

One year ago, on 5 October, England’s 5p charge on all single-use plastic carrier bags came into effect. The charge was enacted in order to reduce the number of single-use plastic carrier bags, and the litter associated with them. So, one year on has the charge been a success? Have we decreased the number of single-us…

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Reminder: Hounslow Re-Use & Recycling Centre Temporarily Closed

Space Waye Reuse and Recycling Centre in Hounslow will be closed from Monday 3 October to Friday 4 November. During this time, residents will be unable to use the site to deposit household waste and are asked to use neighbouring civic amenity sites or alternative ways to dispose of bulky items and household goods. When Spac…

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Guest Blog: How to Throw a Zero-Waste Dinner Party

by Erin Vaughan Ever taken out the rubbish after a dinner party, wondering how exactly you managed to rack up all that waste from just one night of fun? From disposable food packaging to extra paper napkins to tablecloths meant to be tossed, parties tend to come with a pretty hefty amount of waste. The good…

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Waste Less, Live More!

The month of September is all about reducing waste! We started off  with Zero Waste, then moved on to Recycle Week, and now it’s time to pass the baton over to Waste Less, Live More Week. From 19–25 September, Waste less, Live More Week brings together organisations and people to take part in activities whic…

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Recycle Week 2016 – The Unusual Suspects

Welcome to Recycle Week 2016! Last week, Zero Waste Week was fantastic but this week it’s time to move on to Recycle Week in order to learn all about recycling beyond the ordinary! Recycle Week 2016 is on a major hunt for the ‘The Unusual Suspects’, many of which could be hiding in your rubbish bin. You may be familiar…

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Use It Up! Zero Waste Week 2016

Ready, Steady, Use It Up! Zero Waste Week 2016 kicks off today and will run until 9th September. Zero Waste Week is a time to encourage us all to rethink our waste and reduce the amount we send to landfill. This year’s theme – use it up – focuses on how we can reduce food waste. Did you know…

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From surplus to scrummy: come make a second chance smoothie!

Have you ever bought super strawberries, beautiful bananas or magnificent mangoes only to have them go off in the fruit bowl or fridge? If so, you’re not alone! Each year in the UK households waste £900 of fresh fruit. Luckily we have a delicious way to put all this blemished or overly soft fruit to…

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Back to School Buzz

At school

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 help you get the most out of your new school purchases. Here are some of our favourite tips to keep you at the to…

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Going for Gold in the Race against Food Waste

With all the excitement of the summer games upon us, we couldn’t help but want to get involved – in the race against food waste that is!  As a nation we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year from our homes. Thinking about our food’s journey and taking a few simple steps…

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Save the #lostsocks

There aren’t that many of us who hasn’t experienced the case of the missing sock. If it isn’t yourself, kids seem to be very adept at losing just one side of a pair. Even washing machines get blamed! It’s very hard to know where they end up! Socks are generally cheap enough to replace and…

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Don’t leave your food behind this summer!

If you’re lucky enough to be getting away this summer don’t let your food get away from you first. According to research by the environmental foundation Hubbub, each year in the UK £½ billion worth of perfectly edible food gets thrown away when people head off on holiday. A whopping £12 million worth of food…

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Emma’s Plastic Straw Free July Challenge

Here at West London Waste we love talking reduce, reuse and recycle, but some of you may wonder if we actually walk the talk?! Well, Emma our fab Waste Minimisation Officer decided to show she practices what she preaches by documenting her Plastic Free July Challenge. Emma pledged to give up the plastic straw and…

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Look Out for the Love Food Hate Waste Library Tour

Did you know UK households throw away 7 million tonnes of food annually? Even more shocking is over half of it could be avoided; we either buy or cook too much! Our team want to shout about our food saving messages so we’ve decided to come to you! We’ll be taking our Love Food Hate Wast…

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Make the Most of Every Mouthful

UK households have made great strides in reducing the good food we waste! In fact food and drink waste is down by 21% since 2007, but with £12.5 billion of food still ending up in the bin, there is still a long way to go. We like to reduce food waste because it not only…

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How to Stop Staggering Food Waste Stats

UK households are the single biggest producers of food waste across the country, wasting a whopping 7 million tonnes per year! That’s more than farms, supermarkets, caterers and restaurants – combined! What’s more, over half (approx. 4.2  million tonnes) of that waste is avoidable waste. We usually throw food away because we buy too much and…

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5 Berry Good Food Waste Tips

Wimbledon kicks off today and in between long-rallies of exciting tennis ball pops, spectators will enjoy the sweet taste of English strawberries – 160,000 portions to be precise! Strawberries will also be flying off supermarket shelves and shops across the country, for those of us trying to create a slice of Wimbledon at home. Fresh fruit…

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Summer Salads: Your key to keeping a trim bin this summer

Today marks the longest day of the year! Let’s let salads take centre stage this season for hassle-free meals that will also keep your bin looking slim. Salads are great for using up any leftovers you may have or for vegetables that are looking a bit limp. They’re also a fab meal option in the hot…

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How to be a Waste Hero on the Go this Summer

Summer’s finally upon us and we hope you’re all enjoying the longer days and hotter nights. From upcoming festivals to this week’s National Picnic Week there are lots of opportunities to get out and make the most of the sunshine! Don’t let the carefree spirit of summer sweep your fantastic waste and recycling habits away…

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Food Recycling Tips

One-third of the food we produce around the world is wasted from farm to fork. In the UK alone we waste 15 million tonnes of food annually – with nearly half that coming from our homes. That’s the equivalent of throwing away 1 in every 5 of our grocery-filled shopping bags before even leaving the store! While these numbers…

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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

From cakes to custard, tarts to tiramisu – we all have a sweet-tooth for something. If we go by sheer data however, it seems a fair few of us are ditching these delectable delights. In fact, 160,000 tonnes of shop-bought and home-made cakes and desserts with a value of £570 million get binned by UK households every year.…

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Recycling Again and Again and Again…

Did you know both glass and metal can be recycled again and again without losing its quality? Sending our old bottles, jars and cans for recycling not only reduces waste by keeping them from landfill, but also saves energy. In fact, for every drinks can we recycle it saves enough energy to power a TV…

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Top 5 Tips for Slicing Bread Waste at Home

One-third of the food we produced around the world is wasted. In the UK, half the amount of food that gets thrown away comes directly from our homes, making it a great place to start reducing food waste. Did you know bread is the most commonly wasted food in the UK? In fact 24 million…

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Reduce your Furniture Footprint

Did you know ten million items of furniture are thrown away every year in the UK? What’s more is many of these items are lovely and in fantastic condition!  Take this great faux designer chair purchased by a WLWA staff member for example: “I snagged a set of four of these for a bargain –…

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Compost: The Water and Soil Connection

It’s International Compost Awareness Week and we’re celebrating compost all week long! Composting, as WRAP explains, is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It’s easy to make and use. Home composting is great for the environment, as it prevents food…

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The Whole Kitchen Kit and Caboodle

It’s not just kitchen skills and knowledge that help us save money and make the most of the food that we buy. The right tools and equipment also help. But how do we ensure that we don’t end up by filling our kitchen cupboards and drawers with all sorts of kitchen gadgets that are never…

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Real Nappy Week 2016

It’s the 20th annual Real Nappy Week and this year we are celebrating by announcing our upcoming plans to launch a nappy trial kit!  The kit will be filled with everything you need to give cloth nappies a go – making it easier than ever for West London residents to make the switch over to…

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