Be part of #WasteNot west London
There are lots of facts and figures about waste in west London
- Last year (April 2014 – March 2015) just under 417,000 tonnes of rubbish was sent for disposal. This is 620kg per household or 238kg per person living in the area.
- Approximately one third of the rubbish in black bags is actually food waste, a lot of which could have been eaten.
- 67% of the content of black bags could have been recycled if it had been put in the recycling containers provided by each of the local councils.
There are also some fantastic numbers that show some residents in west London are already embracing their power to reduce waste.
- The amount of rubbish reduced by almost 4000 tonnes or 1% last year, compared to the year before that.
The recycling rate is around 40%, higher than most other areas in London.
- 4031 people talked to us at events last year and took away information to help them reduce, re-use and recycle more.
- The number of people visiting this website and interacting with us on social media is constantly growing. Last year we reach 5 million people on Twitter, in the first 6 months of this year we’ve equalled this number.
Has Hugh’s War on Waste inspired you to do something new? Do you want to know what you can do locally to #WasteNot and help others to reduce their waste footprint too?
Here are a few of the extra things you can do locally
- Book our award winning Waste Minimisation Team to come along to a community group, tenants association, school or other location where people gather. We give talks, quizzes and have equipment to help you run your own events – here’s a taste of what we can do with you.
- If you have an idea of your own you want to take forward but don’t know where to start, get in touch with us. There’s a lot of experience in our team and we should be able to give you a helping hand and if we don’t know ourselves we’ll help you find someone who can.
- Organise a Swishing event. Give clothes, shoes and accessories a longer life. Our GetSwishing website takes you through everything you need to know, we have the equipment you need and it can be borrowed for free.
- Hold a small electricals recycling event. An often overlooked source of recycling and the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Electricals contain small amount of precious metals and scarce resources so it’s really important to get them recycled. We can give you collection bags and help with publicity, all you need is a location to collect them on a certain day or couple of hours. Read more details and see our guide.
If you don’t have much time on your hands just now there are plenty of other things you can do alongside everything else on the run up to the festive season
- If you are particularly concerned about food being thrown away sign up to The Rubbish Diet Food Challenge. You’ll be sent a series of emails over 3 weeks taking you through the 7 steps to reduce food waste at home. Supporting this check out our love food pages with even more ideas for you including information about food waste when eating out.
- You could sign up to take the full Rubbish Diet challenge which looks at everything that’s thrown away. You’ll be taken through your local recycling services and introduced to the world of re-use and repair too.
- Just explore our website or come back each week to read our new articles.
- Start following us on Twitter or Like our Facebook page so you get updates on your mobile or tablet.
- And finally Ready Steady Love Food Hate Waste in 2016
Come to our big food event on 25 February next year. There will be presentations, activities, and cooking demonstrations to take you through 7 different ways food waste can be reduced. You’ll also find out about the wide range of things that you, your friends and neighbours, community groups and other local groups/associations can do. We’re inviting chefs to the event, you’ll eat the results of their talents as they produce quick and easy meals using the most commonly thrown away food items.
Here are the full details of the event, RSVP early to avoid disappointment.