Sickened by the piles of 'rubbish' and recycling bags you accumulated over Christmas? Despairing of the mountains of waste in the streets waiting to be taken away for incineration? Ben Bryant of the Devon Community Recycling Network will be hosting a public forum on how we can turn more of our household and business 'waste' into useful resources.
You do not need expertise or experience to get involved; it’s open to anyone who wants to do something to address wasted resources. Join us at REconomy Centre on 26th January, 6.30-8.30pm.
NO SUCH THING AS WASTE, JUST THINGS IN THE WRONG PLACE!
Interest is growing in Totnes around waste & resources: we have the fantastic ReStore in Dartington, the Share Shed project being led by the Network of Wellbeing, and lots of murmuring of support for community composting, reducing food waste, minimising packaging (and a Zero Waste food shop opening soon in the Narrows).
TTT is forming a new theme group with a focus on community-led solutions to reducing waste and recovering wasted resources. With local authorities suffering budget cuts year on year it is unlikely there will be many big improvements to household recycling collections for the foreseeable future. So it’s over to grassroots community action to see what more we can manage to recycle and moreover reuse, repair and upcycle! How can Totnes rethink resources?
The group will also explore how local businesses might be able to get support to help them recycle in a more cost effective way. How can one business’s waste become another’s raw material? How can circular economy principles take hold locally? How can we build to last, or be reused, repaired or recycled and re-entered into the production of new items. There is plenty already happening in the community but even more that could be done to join up projects and get people thinking about consumption and buying ‘stuff’.
What is the viability of community composting locally, as well as application of Biochar with compost to sequester carbon back into our degraded soils. Could a Community Resource Centre or Reuse Depot could become a reality to store local resources and materials and save Totnesians money. So come one and all, please join in and lend your vital support.
The early days of the group will be led by Ben Bryant, who has over ten years’ experience of the recycling industry locally and is currently the Co-ordinator of Devon Community Recycling Network, and Jay Tompt of the REconomy Centre.
Contact Ben: firstname.lastname@example.org