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
  • Excessive consumption
  • 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
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Highland Galvanizers

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

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

The Ink Bin

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

Colchester
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Upcycle Fashion

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

Westminster
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Plastic Shed

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

Stockport
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Think big locally

Why waste?

We generate a staggering 223 million tonnes of waste in the UK 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 UK) 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.

Initiatives addressing waste

Shed 1 Distillery

Placing sustainability at the heart of small batch gin distilling.

Allerdale
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Circular Economy

Aughton Town Green Primary School

Rejuvenating our garden to create a sustainable environment for today's and future pupils.

West Lancashire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Waste
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Thirteen Recycling Centre

Opening a waste management and ecology centre to reduce waste to landfill by 95%.

Darlington
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Circular Economy

Advanced Bacterial Sciences

Boosting efficiency, remediate pollution and regenerate natural systems using bacterial solutions.

Bolton
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Built Environment
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Renewal North West

Reducing carbon with Wesley Downs on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Stockport
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Creative Apparel

Reducing carbon with Phil Millar from Creative Apparel on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Stockport
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Hatters Promotions

Reducing carbon with Jo Shippen from Hatters Promotions on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Stockport
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Imperfect Pointes

Reducing carbon with Helen Banks from Imperfect Pointes on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Manchester
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

The Tatton Group

Reducing carbon with Anette McDonald from Tatton Group on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Cheshire East
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Kiht Collective

Reducing carbon with Danielle King from Kiht Collective on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Manchester
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Good Vibe Veg

Reducing the carbon footprint of our food supply in Somerset.

Somerset West and Taunton
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Furniture Re-Use Project

Salvaging, reusing, recycling or upcycling old school and office furniture to save it from landfill.

Perth and Kinross
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
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