So it’s Zero Waste Week and we’re being encouraged by the great and the good – or at any rate the famous – to do one extra thing to reduce landfill – and not just for the week, but forever.
If every home in England takes part, 750,000 tonnes of waste will be recycled. Businesses can also make pledges.
The rather more realistic aim is that the week will raise awareness of what can be saved from landfill and help the refuse industry improve the range and number of collections of recyclable material.
You guessed it, Healthy Planet is all in favour of Zero Waste Week. But what to do?
A gallery of celebrities and their pledges might inspire us to refill, reuse, repair, renovate, recycle, or down right refuse to buy.
- James Averdieck, founder of Gu Desserts will ‘…set up a proper recycling area so I can make full use of my kerbside collections’.
- Shadow waste minister Gavin Shuker will plan ahead and refill his water bottles. ‘On average people throw out 166 plastic water bottles per year’.
Waste of space
- Waste minister Lord Taylor who will ‘…go through my wardrobe and take all the clothes that I no longer wear or can’t fit into, to a charity shop’. Clearly employed for not wasting food.
- Derek Neimann, editor of RSPB’s magazine will ‘…reduce the amount of bread I put in the food waste bin. There must be lots more recipes with breadcrumbs in the world.’ Or, of course, he could feed the ducks.
Healthy Planet initiatives
Healthy Planet has its own initiative to save books from landfill and give them out for free. Donate your unwanted books to charity or to Healthy Planet’s Books for Free centres we now have 30 across the UK.
You can also check out Stuff for Free – events that save unwanted stuff from landfill – many areas have similar events often called give & gain days. We can all change the way we think about the stuff we have & throw away – as there is no ‘away’, we have one planet.
My Zero Waste
Waste Less Live More – by Waste Watch
A week long campaign celebrating and demonstrating that what’s good for the environment is good for us. It runs from the 17th – 23rd of September.
Great blog by Karen Cannard
The Rubbish Diet
Can an average person really create Zero Waste? The challenge was set and during the week 10-17 March 2008, one mother in Bury St Edmunds gave it a go. She only threw out a plaster. Can you do it too? Why not try your own Rubbish Diet and slim your bin. You’ll be amazed at how easy it really is and you could even save some money. If Almost Mrs Average can do it, you can too.