Waste

How can we address the challenge of too much waste?

Your latest stories addressing waste

Zero Waste Leeds

Building a movement to help make Leeds a zero waste city by 2030.

Leeds
  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Reuse Shop by Bristol Waste

Providing household items to residents by diverting good quality items from the waste stream.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Highland Galvanizers

Increasing the lifespan of motorway crash barriers through re-use and refurbishment.

East Lothian
  • Carbon emissions
  • Depleted resources
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Transport

The Ink Bin

Saving home use plastic and leakage entering landfill whilst educating youngsters on climate issues.

Colchester
  • Carbon emissions
  • Depleted resources
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Upcycle Fashion

Delivering garment repair and upcycling workshops to increase the longevity of clothing.

Westminster
  • Consumerism
  • Depleted resources
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Plastic Shed

Bringing people together in Stockport to turn plastic waste into new, useful things.

Stockport
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Think big locally

Why waste?

We generate a staggering 223 million tonnes of waste in the U.K. in a single year; nature generates zero. Households are a major source, but commercial, industrial, construction, demolition and excavation activities produce even more. Landfills emit egregious methane gas; incineration with electricity generation only (the main form of energy-from-waste in the U.K.) emits more greenhouse gases than a gas-fired power station. The best option in terms of positive climate action and resource usage is to phase out residual waste entirely, ensuring that all waste is reused, recycled or composted instead.

All Related Initiatives

Zero Waste Leeds

Building a movement to help make Leeds a zero waste city by 2030.

Leeds
  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Reuse Shop by Bristol Waste

Providing household items to residents by diverting good quality items from the waste stream.

Bristol
  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Highland Galvanizers

Increasing the lifespan of motorway crash barriers through re-use and refurbishment.

East Lothian
  • Carbon emissions
  • Depleted resources
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Transport

The Ink Bin

Saving home use plastic and leakage entering landfill whilst educating youngsters on climate issues.

Colchester
  • Carbon emissions
  • Depleted resources
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Upcycle Fashion

Delivering garment repair and upcycling workshops to increase the longevity of clothing.

Westminster
  • Consumerism
  • Depleted resources
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Plastic Shed

Bringing people together in Stockport to turn plastic waste into new, useful things.

Stockport
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

REACH Homes

Building low impact homes from recycled materials.

Sheffield
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Depleted resources
  • Buildings
  • Energy
  • Circular Economy

Food Connect

Providing a zero-emissions service to transport surplus food from businesses to communities.

Milton Keynes
  • Air pollution
  • Waste
  • Greater fairness
  • Transport
  • Circular Economy

The Artful Menders

Reducing the amount of clothing sent to landfill by repairing, altering and up-cyling the clothes.

Buckinghamshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Low Carbon West Oxford

Reducing carbon emissions at a local community level through integrated and nature-based action.

Oxford
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Nature

Shrewsbury Food Hub

Collecting surplus food from supermarkets and redistributing it within the community.

Shropshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food supply
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy
  • Land Use

Toiletries Amnesty

Sharing unwanted toiletries with those in need, stopping them going to landfill.

East Cambridgeshire
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use
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