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All about Bath- Waste Awareness

I’m a Waste Awareness Officer for Bath & North East Somerset Council. Waste Awareness can be a hard term to define but I like to look at it as an opportunity to encourage everyone to think before they throw things away

I’m always asking people; do you have to throw it away, and if so what’s the best thing you can do with it? Can it be used by someone else? Can it be used in another way or be recycled?

A large part of my role is to encourage students, especially those living in private accommodation, to recycle as much as they can and recognise the contribution they make to the community they live in. I’m often found door knocking and doing road shows at different locations, talking to residents about their collections and what they can do to reduce their waste.

We often run road shows on Love Food Hate Waste - this is a great national campaign giving simple advice and tips to reduce food waste. It’s really important as on average we waste about 1/3 of the food we buy. This costs so much money and can be harmful to the environment, plus there is so much more we can do to enjoy the things we buy before having to waste it. There’s load more info about this at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

I am always encouraged by the willingness and enthusiasm of students as they are often our keenest recyclers. It can sometimes take a while however, for students when they first come to Bath, to find out about their rubbish and recycling collections and this can cause problems with neighbours. So I would really like to see more students seeking advice at the start of term time and order containers so they can start to recycle straight away.

I think students have a really important role to play in changing attitudes and behaviour around waste. As consumers we just need to re-connect to the things we buy, recognise the materials gone into producing them and what impact they have once discarded.

If you would like more information on what you can do to reduce what you throw away we have a great facebook page giving tips at www.facebook.com/recycleforbathnes

We are also always looking for volunteers to help us at road shows, at our Give and Take community re-use days and with door knocking. If you are interested please email me timothy_rawlings@bathnes.gov.uk

 

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