#WasteNot west London
Did watching Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s new programme War on Waste on Monday evening start you wondering what’s happening where you live? Well, if you’re living in west London, you’ve come to the right place to find out!
Since 2010 the Waste Minimisation Team from West London Waste alongside Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond Councils has been out and about helping our residents, businesses, schools and anyone who will talk to us reduce the amount of usable things going straight in the bin. Most of our focus is on food but we also look at textiles, electricals, furniture and nappies.
Here are just a small selection of the things we’ve done over the years:
- We’ve organised and run 3 different Love Food Hate Waste campaigns using various media types including buses, posters, online adverts and articles in council magazines. For one of these we were able to show a reduction in edible food thrown away of 14%.
- 75 organisations have been trained to run Let’s Get Cooking Clubs. The organisations were taught cookery skills and covered how to reduce waste with recipe ideas, get storage tips and understanding food labelling. Over 4400 people took part in more than 195 sessions with over 1570 new skills learned.
- We have spoken to over 15,000 people at more than 320 events. Our colourful stalls and talks include lots of ideas and personalised tips. Residents have taken home spaghetti measurers, bag clips and recipes to use.
- Working with the interactive environmental education provider Wastebuster we developed a game to be used in schools and for anyone with access to a computer (not tablet). The planets in the Universe take you through the importance of 4 waste types including food and ideas to reduce the amount thrown away.
- At 40 Swishes over 400 residents have swapped around 4 tonnes of clothes.
- Over 1000 people have signed up to The Rubbish Diet, they’ve generally reduced the amount of waste in their bin by a third.
To find out more you can read our Waste Prevention Strategy for 2011 – 2015 and each of our yearly action plans. We publish lots of information, the results of what we do and how much we spend doing it.
Perhaps you want to know what happens to your waste? Do you feel like Kelly from the Prestwich café that it’s really not worth the effort to recycle because no one has ever explained what happens to it after it leaves your home or workplace?
You may have seen your waste on the show last night. Remember the scene with the yellow train and the yellow containers being emptied at the landfill site? That was rubbish from west London that you put in your black bags or wheelie bins. You can read all about our waste train and what happens to the food you put in your recycling in our ‘what happens to your waste’ section. If you want to know where your recycling goes read about it on your local council website. If there’s nothing on the website, get in touch with them and ask them to change that.
What can you do now?
- Check out our love food section, there is lots of helpful information, tips and ideas to help you use up all your shopping, to encourage the places you eat out at to throw away less and links to other useful websites and things to do including the Love Food Hate Waste food waste assistant, app and the Rubbish Diet Food Challenge.
- We’re hosting a Swish this Saturday at Twickenham Library, bring along your unwanted but still good quality clothes, shoes and accessories and swap them for items that you will wear. No need to bin them after all.
- Come back to our website next week – we’ve got a lot coming up and we’ll be telling you about it and how you can get involved in our next web article.
- Watch the show again next week – Hugh’s already given some tips for how you can reduce food waste at home but there will be more coming next week. You can also catch up with the first show Hugh’s War on Waste on BBC iPlayer.