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

Darkwood Crew

Helping Ferguslie flourish as a community by boosting the local circular economy in different ways.

Renfrewshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Glasgow Wood Recycling

Reducing the amount of wood needlessly going to landfill.

Glasgow City
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Yes! Recycling

Recycling complex polymer waste instead of sending to landfill.

Buckinghamshire
  • Excessive consumption
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

fairandfunky

Empowering people to take steps on local sustainability in Yorkshire.

East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Baby Basics Dyffryn Clwyd

Supporting new families to help meet the practical and financial needs of caring for a new baby.

Denbighshire
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Move On Wood Recycling

Selling handcrafted furniture and other reclaimed wood products.

City of Edinburgh
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

The TOY Project

Collecting used and new toys to give to children who need them.

Islington
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

RecycLine

Recycling spectacles for organisations within the optical and wider recycling sectors.

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

New 2 You

Turning unwanted furniture items into stylish new pieces and creating new employment opportunities.

Derry City and Strabane
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

PramDepot

Passing on pre-loved baby clothes and equipment to vulnerable new mums.

Haringey
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Botley Community Larder

Using surplus food to combat waste and bring the community together.

Oxford
  • Food security & supply
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Edinburgh Tool Library

Borrowing from thousands of tools and learning how to use them.

City of Edinburgh
  • Air pollution
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
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