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11Aug

How to improve Community Recycling Rates - Bradley’s guide to a successful Door to Door campaign

 

Door to door campaigns are an excellent way to launch a recycling campaign and deliver key information to hard to reach target audiences.
 
Here at Local Green Points we are no stranger to door to door engagement campaigns, having canvassed over 600,000 households to date for our council clients.
 
So what makes a door to door recycling campaign successful?
 
Our Community and Outreach Manager, Bradley, shares some of his top tips for running and managing a successful campaign:
 
1)      Determine your area
 
A successful door to door campaign has a well-established target area and a well-planned strategy for reaching all households. Route-planning beforehand is therefore essential and makes the job
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28Jul

The Community Reuse Revolution – a look at the community organisations helping us save money and prevent waste

A new house mate joined our flat last month, and among the belongings he brought with him was a Phillips sound system from the 70s. It had been his grandad’s, his dad’s and now it belongs to him – and it still works perfectly.

It got me thinking about the saying, ‘they don’t make ‘em like they used to!’ and maybe there’s some truth in that. Nowadays we only keep a mobile phone for 2 years until we discard it for an upgrade, we give up easily when a device runs slow or gets damaged and the average person buys 3 new gadgets every year.

Is it really that surprising that electronic items are becoming the fastest growing waste stream in the UK? Over 1 million tonnes of our gadgets get binned every year.
 
The problem with wasting electronic items is that they contain valuable metals as well as plastics and other materials. These can be recovered through the recycling process but only about 30%
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14Jul

Wasting clothes is out of Fashion – why more of us are recycling textiles

The nation’s habits are changing! WRAP’s new report, Valuing our Clothes: The Cost of UK Fashion shows that as a country we are now putting less clothing and textiles into residual waste, and finding ways to re-use and recycle textiles instead. The report revealed that since 2012, 50,000 tonnes fewer items of clothing have been disposed of in household bins.

Fantastic news! And here’s why it’s such a big deal:

The true cost of cheap clothes is felt by the planet
 
When it comes to clothes, our compulsion to buy cheap, break and then replace is actually a very costly process. Manufacturing clothes uses vast amounts of resources (it takes 1,800 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans!), not to mention the carbon emissions associated with the transport of these garments. WRAP estimates that extending the lifetime of 50% of UK clothing by nine months would save 8% carbon, 10% water and 4% waste, on a p
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30Jun

5 surprising ways to re-use glass jars

All the best things in life come in jars: peanut butter, Nutella, jam, olives, mayonnaise… the list goes on! But consuming these foods at the rate we do leave us with an awful lot of jars - with the average UK family getting through 500 glass bottles and jars annually. And while glass is a great sustainable material because it is 100% recyclable, we want to emphasise that sustainability is all about reducing, re-using and recycling in that order. So if, like me, you can’t bear the thought of reducing your peanut butter consumption, it’s time to get re-using! Here are some surprising, interesting and useful ways you can re-use your glass jars.

 
1.)    Re-use for other food storage
The first and most obvious way to re-use a jar is to store leftovers or other dry food. It’s a great substitute for harmful plastics and it looks so satisfying when you open your cupboards!
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16Jun

We’ve launched our new Food Waste Challenge!

You breader believe it! The Food Waste challenge is launching and rolling out across three London Boroughs this month – Havering, Kingston and Waltham Forest. Now you might think “that’s a bit munch”, “wheat’s in it for me?”, “I don’t carrot all”, or “I donut want to get involved”, but we think it’s incredibly eggciting and we’re looking forward to seeing some fantastic results in food waste reduction.

But  - puns aside -  food waste is a chronic issue in the UK, with 1 in 3 of us throwing away a banana with a minor bruise or black mark on the skin and households throwing away 40% of the bagged salad they buy every year. WRAP estimates that 4.2 tonnes of perishable food is wasted or lost each year – that’s as much as £700 a family.

Most of this waste stems from our mind-set when it comes to food. While it’s tempting to blame supermarkets, research h
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02Jun

Sick of Soggy Salad leaves? – We’ve come up with a great alternative

This week it emerged that UK consumers throw away 40% of the bagged salad they buy every year. That is 37,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 178million bags, going uneaten every year. Mind boggling figures.

But really when you think about it – this news is unsurprising. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t lost many a salad bag to a soggy fate at the back of the fridge and ultimately the bin. Many of us have good intentions to eat salad with every meal, but end up wasting it instead.

It turns out there is a simple, delicious solution (that I have tried and tested myself) – make and store a massive salad that will stay fresh and crisp all week long. If you have a busy lifestyle and not much time for cooking, this 10 minute salad preparation will save you money and time preparing meals and make you much more likely to actually eat the salad.

How to make a delicious salad that lasts all week  
 
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19May

Rubbish Recycling Tips – Were you misinformed by the media this week about what you can and can’t recycle?

 This week, whisky lovers and cleaning fanatics were left questioning their shopping habits, from the news that the elaborate packaging on these products makes them are “a nightmare” to recycle. As well as cleaning spray bottles with a metal spring and whisky bottle packaging, Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sports bottles were singled out by The Recycling Association as “villains” of the recycling world.

This advice, however, was somewhat misleading. As several councils were quick to reply, items such as Lucozade bottles, Whisky bottles and cleaning spray bottles can actually be recycled.

 
What’s more, we shouldn’t be aiming to demotivate people from engaging in sustainable behaviours. A video on the BBC’s website started with the line: “Did you know… that
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15May

Food Waste is Driving the Nation Bananas

This week we’ve had bananas on the brain, as newspapers published shocking figures on the number of bananas wasted for cosmetic reasons. It was reported that in the UK we throw away 1.4 million perfectly edible bananas every day. Reasons such as bruises and black marks were cited as putting consumers off tucking into the nation’s fourth favourite fruit. This is not only a food waste nightmare, it’s also a costly operation, with £80m worth discarded every year. The scandal has prompted outraged responses across social media and Sainsburys has responded by launching a “banana rescue” station, where it expects to save 1,000 bananas from the trial alone.
 
What is it about bananas? While many of us are happy to embrace a bruised banana, a third of consumers will discard a banana with a minor bruise or black mark on the skin. But bananas are just as delicious when they are bruised and there are lots of fantastic ways to p
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27Apr

Is there money in your rubbish?

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – so the saying goes. An article recently published by Money Saving Expert suggests there could be some truth in this. 

 
Thrifty householders have been making money selling on their household waste, with toilet roll tubes, jam jars and coat hangers proving to be in high demand with those doing arts and crafts. 
 
If you’re thinking of flogging your rubbish, you’ll need to head to eBay to find your customers. Perfume bottles have been going for the highest price, of up to £8 a pop, while toilet roll and kitchen roll tubes sell for 10-16p per item.
 
You’d better be prepared to collect your rubbish in bulk though, because it’s bundles of items that are selling. Over a 3 month period, the top rubbish sales on eBay included 492 bundles of coat hangers and 420 bundles of wine corks. Even 36 bundles of mil
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07Apr

Cut waste by composting

Did you know that 30% of your rubbish bin could be composted instead of thrown away?
 
Home composting is the process that transforms your food waste and garden waste into a nutrient rich food that will keep your garden blooming year after year. Now that Spring has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get out to the garden and start composting.
 
Where should I compost?
You can buy a compost bin or create a compost heap in your garden. It will be most effective when placed in a sunny spot on bare, level soil. 
 
What can I compost?
The key is feeding your composter equal quantities of brown and green materials. 
 
50% should be 'Browns' - dead and dry materials like twigs, fallen leaves, shredded cardboard or newspaper.
 
50% should be '
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