REDUCE Waste

Photograph of rubbish being recycled by Mid-Devon Community Recycling Ltd

In 2014-15 Devon households produced over 161,000 tons a year of landfill waste -

that's 478 kg for every household!

 

Previous projects we have been involved in:

  • Investigating products already on market and available in our area that cut down use of resources especially plastics e.g. products in refillable containers, toothbrushes with removable heads
  • Campaign to ban the plastic bag in Crediton
  • Leaflet listing alternatives to plastic
  • Leaflet on reducing clothing waste 

Current activities include:

  • Liaison with MDDC and DCC
  • Articles in the local press e.g. Crediton Courier
  • Reduce waste by encouraging shops to take customers' own containers for food or drinks

 Future ideas to develop in order to reduce waste:

  • Take plastic packaging back to the supermarket
  • Try out The "Rubbish Diet"
  • How to Reduce Waste in the First Place - e.g encourage shops to accept customers own containers
  • Campaign for a tax (refundable?) on plastic bottles
  • Education - talks and demos to show/encourage people how to buy less packaging
  • Involve young people and organisations e.g. scouts on waste reduction 
  • Take plastic packaging back or leave at the supermarkets
  • Education with examples by talks or community stall

31st May 2016

Times New Roman or Verdana?

Did you know changing your font can have a real impact on how much printer ink you use? If you print a lot of text pages, changing your font can have a real impact on the number of prints you get from a set of ink cartridges. Swap Arial for Calibri or Times New Roman and your cartridges will go fu ...


2nd January 2014

Do You Shop for Meat at Cox's the Butchers in Crediton High Street?

If you do your meat shopping at Cox's in Crediton High Street and HATE plastic waste we have good news for you. After a very friendly phone chat with Paula Mossman of the Waste Action Group Cox's have agreed that you can take along your own clean re-usable containers to the shop for your mea ...


30th July 2013

How to slim the contents of your bin!

If you are, and would like to take part either as a participant or as a Bin Doctor, please read on! Sustainable Crediton is considering joining the Rubbish Diet, the UK's dedicated slimming club for dustbins. We know all of our readers already hardly put anything out for landfill, but we kn ...


Photograph of the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"
1st June 2011

Planet Plastic

Here is an extract from an article from the last Junk Mail about a subject that is dear to the hearts of the WAGS group - plastic! "There are now three main types of plastic carrier bag dished out by shops; the older, stronger plastic carrier, the thinner de-gradable carrier and third type ...


Book cover for "Waste Uncovering the Global Food Scandal" by Tristram Stuart
28th February 2011

Tristram Stuart

This is a truly eye opening book that deals with the subject of food wastage both in the UK and worldwide. It looks at food waste at many levels; at source or in other words at the farming and fishery level, at the intermediary level of food product manufacture, at the retail level by superma ...


7th March 2010

How a family reduced their rubbish to one bag a year

Can we all take the challenge to do as well or better? It would be interesting to hear how CCA supporters are doing on minimising household waste. ...


1st October 2009

The Story of Stuff - wonderful ... and worrying

"A 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns" ... a wonderful, clear animation thats brilliantly researched and a little worrying to hear! highly recommended. Jessie ...


30th July 2009

Plastic Bottles

We all know that disposable plastic bottles are an environmental nightmare as so many billions of them are created each year to pollute the environment for hundreds of years to come. However recent reports indicate the extreme inadvisability for women to drink water that has been left in plast ...


Logo for the Mailing Preference Service
1st July 2009

Reduce junk mail

As recycling is becoming a pretty mainstream activity, now is time to expand our thinking and start looking at Waste Reduction more seriously. By reducing waste we save huge amounts of energy and help conserve the world's precious resources. A good place to start? Unwanted mail or junk mail ...


Photograph of plastic debris washed up on a beach
13th September 2007

See the Message in the Waves - the impact of plastic bags

BBC wildlife documentary about how plastics are affecting the seas around Hawaii. ...