Waste & Recycling

Food Waste Food Waste is a really important issue  locally, nationally and globally. Richard Inns, a specialist in packaging and sustainability, gave  a very informative presentation to our meeting on the 13th February 2014.  25% of the food we buy on average is thrown away every year, costing the average family £680. This is adding a significant contribution to global carbon emissions and causing many needless environmental problems. Imagine the carbon footprint of something coming into your kitchen from farming, production, storage and transportation, then what happens when it gets thrown away, more carbon emissions in collecting and disposal as waste.  Richard complied a list of useful links about Food Waste covering what are the problems, how to reduce it, what other people and organisations doing to help. click here for Food Waste links

The Love Food Hate Waste campaign are offering to run free fully funded training and workshops to local community groups and organisations. We would like to hold a workshop session in Ashtead, for more details click here. and you can register your interest by phoning Caroline 01372 801683 or email info@transitionashtead.org.uk

The 3 R’s are REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE We all want to do our bit but it can be difficult to find out  how to get rid of things we don’t want anymore, or rubbish, in the least environmentally damaging way. If we can REDUCE what we buy new that immediatley cuts down what comes into our homes to start with. If we REUSE as much as we can, for example reuse washed out food containers for seed pots and trays,  then that stops us buying more stuff. If you can’t reuse it then maybe someone else can, so donate to charity shops or give away on freecycle. https://www.freecycle.org/ The Surrey Reuse Network  aims to find new homes for unwanted furniture and kitchen appliances, and offers a wide range of good quality items at affordable prices. The network is made up of local charities who all aim to support local communities, families in need; as well as offering training and employment opportunities.  http://www.surreyreusenetwork.org.uk/ And if that’s not possible then hopefully it can be RECYCLED and made into something new.

Click here for RECYCLINGMole Valley  The last resort is the bin!

Following the De-clutter workshop we made a comprehensive list of local places and organisations to get rid of ‘stuff’:  De-clutter_Useful_Information

If you want to De-clutter,  this is a list of books about it:Books on De-Cluttering

Click here for a report about the De-Clutter Workshop