5th December 2018

Clothes Swap: 24 November

The clothes swap was a great success and a wonderful social occasion with delicious refreshments, lively chat and of course lots of clothes swapping. About 90 people attended even though it was a really wet day and people brought in nearly one thousand items of clothing! Hopefully everyone will hav ...

3rd December 2018

WAGs meeting

Anyone interested in Reducing, Reusing or Recycling is welcome to come and join our small friendy group and see what we are planning. All ideas welcome! Notes from last meeting ...

27th November 2018

Cut Down Your Plastic Use Now!

With Christmas comes extra shopping and packaging. But traders in Crediton are helping everyone to cut down on plastic packaging. Stevie B's the bakers are now selling a number of items loose. Cereals, cake ingredients including dried fruit, cleaning products including washing powder are just a f ...

24th November 2018

Refresh your wardrobe - and someone else's! Clothes Swap Event

Time to dig out those winter woollies or summer cast offs: bring along those items which you never quite get round to wearing, or perhaps have fallen out of love with. They may be just what someone else is looking for! And see what treasures you can find to replace them. Come along on 24th November ...

4th November 2018

Sustainable Crediton Clothes Swap: 24 November

Come along to this sociable event at the Congregational Church, High Street Crediton EX17 3LF (opposite St Saviour's Way); enjoy coffee and cake, declutter your wardrobe and find yourself some bargains! Bring clothes suitable for swapping between 10.30am and noon. These can be men's, women's, chil ...

27th October 2018

What Happens to Some Recycled Plastics?

Since China closed its doors on importing used plastics Greenpeace have unearthed where some of our plastics end up. The UK exports around twice as much plastic packaging for recycling as it processes domestically - mostly to Asia. Between January and August 2018, the UK exported over 88,000 tonn ...

13th October 2018

Report on Devon Food Waste Conference, 21 September

This was a conference provided by the Devon Strategic Waste Committee which is supported by 8 District Councils and co-ordinated by Emma Croft. The Stats:- Of the 7 million tons of UK household waste 5 million tons is edible waste. Speakers for the day included Jen Gales of A Sustainable Life, a ...

9th October 2018

Waste Action Group meeting

1. Present: Esther Mann, Chris Freeman, Carolyn Scott, Frances Anson, Cathy Watten, Nancy Dowling 2. Apologies: Matt Hulland, Ruth Leonard-Williams, Anne Tucker 3. Matters Arising: Repair Café opening at Methodist Church 17th November. Advertised on SC facebook page. All welcome. Seed ...

8th October 2018

Love Food, Hate Waste?

The Energy Saving Trust has come up with a few simple tips and a short quiz on food waste. Take our quiz Reducing food waste can help your budget as well as the environment. Take our quiz to find out how well you know your food waste facts and for practical support on how to thro ...

21st September 2018

Conference: Food Waste - The Cutting Edge

This is a high profile event staged by Devon County Council and Recycle Devon. There is a choice of interesting workshops both morning and afternoon and includes lunch cooked from surplus food in the community. This is a free event and looks to be well worth attending. Full details and how to book ...

13th September 2018

Visit to Exeter Energy from Waste facility

Members of Sustainable Crediton recently accepted Crediton Town Council's offer to visit the Energy from Waste site with them. Operational since July 2014, this facility has state of the art technology to monitor the waste and its outputs. It takes the waste from a population of 779,834. 55% of hou ...

8th September 2018

Plastic Pollution: A Thing of the Past?

Members of the Waste Action Group attended an Environment Agency event called 'Making Plastic Pollution a Thing of the Past' on September 3rd. There were many groups present from across the whole of Devon, all engaged in dealing with plastic pollution. We took part in the workshop sessions entitle ...

3rd September 2018

Waste Action Group meeting

1. Present: Esther Mann, Chris Freeman, Carolyn Scott, Frances Anson, Matt Hulland (manager Exeter Recycling Centre), Emma Mitchell,Ruth Leonard-Williams (Devon Projects worker), Cathy Watten 2. Apologies: Nancy Dowling, Anne Tucker 3. Matters Arising: Nothing that needed to be talked ...

13th July 2018

Top tips to cut down plastic usage

Top Tips for Reducing and Recycling your Plastic USE THE MID DEVON COUNCIL COLLECTION FOR RECYCLING YOUR WASTE PLASTIC Take shopping bags, and re-use bags for loose fruit & veg Try to avoid over packaged products - you are paying for it! Check for recycling symbols: b ...

10th July 2018

Take it or Leave it

British café now serves coffee to go in ceramic mugs The disposable coffee cup disaster can be solved in such a way that also purges your cluttered kitchen cabinets. It's win-win for all! Imagine if you could go into a coffee shop, get your delectable latte in a china mug, and then walk out th ...

10th July 2018

Waste Group at the Crediton Food Festival

The Waste Group worked in co-operation with the 'Love Food, Hate Waste' (LFHW) project run by Resource Futures. This featured a cookery demonstration using household surplus food that we may all have at home, transforming it into a delicious meal. Watched by an audience of around 50, Ruth Beckley f ...

28th June 2018

Waste Action Group June meeting

Present: Esther, Anne, Polly, Caroline S, Chris F, Ruth L-W (love food hate waste), Emma Apologies: Nancy, Imogen Item Action Matters Arising · Anne heard back from the garden club, no volunteers for compost day at present. Need a garden to host event. ON HOLD · ...

9th June 2018

Crediton Food Festival

In the 10th year of the Crediton food Festival the Waste Action Group are demonstrating in some fun ways how not to waste food and what to do with leftovers. Ruth of Ruth's Real Foods will be doing a demonstration at 11am with some simple recipes to use surplus food with tips and hints on cutting ...

10th May 2018

Waste Action Group May Meeting

1. Present Esther, Carolyn, Ruth, Polly, Nancy, Anne, Jill, Chris Apologies: Imogen 2. Matters arising a) Anne has not heard back from the Crediton Garden Club and Allotments group about composting. ACTION: still ongoing. b) Chris has contacted Allan Quicke at the Crediton Courier re publ ...

29th March 2018

Changes in the Waste Action Group

Esther Mann has been the Waste Action Group co-ordinator for the last three years and has now stepped down from the post. The group has decided to share the role around the group on a rotational basis. Although Esther is stepping back from that post, she will still be active within the group &a ...

29th March 2018

Green Award for North Tawton Plastic Recycling Group

Winner of the 'West Devon Mayoral Green Award' for 2018 was the North Tawton Plastics Recycling Volunteer Group. Sustainable Crediton member, Carolyn Scott helped to set up this group as the local council do not provide kerbside facilities for recycling plastic. The dedicated group of volunteer ...

9th March 2018

Refill Exhibition at Crediton Library

Details of all the outlets in Crediton offering to refill water bottles free of charge will be displayed in an exhibit in the Library. ...

28th February 2018

Two more ways to stop plastic pollution

Check out these two ways to stop plastic pollution today! Submit your ideas to reduce plastic in markets and tell Starbucks to stop trashing the planet. 1. Solve this challenge with us. We need your ideas to move markets and grocery stores away from using so much plastic. Watc ...

14th February 2018

Fishy Filaments

How one company is recycling marine plastics Based in Cornwall, Fishy Filaments started with a Crowdfunding campaign with the aim to make the UK fishery more sustainable and take used fishing nets to transform them into 3D printer filament. The raw materials can normally be acquired at zero cos ...

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31st January 2018

Plastic Free Supermarkets in the UK now!

Our biggest supermarkets have become plastic waste factories, churning out more than 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging every year! That's enough to cover the whole of Greater London in trash, and it's helping to choke our oceans, kill our wildlife, even contaminate our tap water.

But 200 cross-party MPs have just called on the UK's biggest supermarkets, like Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer, to ditch plastic packaging within five years. If enough of us get behind them, we can supercharge their plea and get rid of a huge source of plastic pollution for good!

Join the call for plastic-free supermarkets and share with everyone you know. When we get to 200,000 signatures, we'll deliver the message in person to stores up and down the country.

To the CEOs of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Asda, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl, Budgens and Marks & Spencer:

As citizens concerned about the serious threat of plastic pollution to our planet and customers of your supermarkets, we call on you to commit to eliminate plastic packaging by 2023. Your bold leadership on this issue can make a real difference for the planet and inspire hundreds of other supermarkets to join across the world.

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31st January 2018

Refill Crediton

Volunteers from Sustainable Crediton's Waste Action Group have been signing up businesses for a new scheme to offer passers-by the chance to refill reusable water bottles with tap water for free, as part of a wider initiative. Refill Devon builds on the success of Refill around the UK, which now b ...

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20th January 2018

Fed up with supermarket plastic packaging?

News - UK supermarket chain Iceland has just announced their own-brand packaging is going plastic-free!

Many of us have felt the frustration of over-packaged food in our weekly shop - whether it's bagged bananas or shrink-wrapped broccoli. And this concern is justified - UK supermarkets currently generate a whopping one million tonnes of plastic packaging every year.

Please sign the petition and tell supermarkets to ditch disposable plastic packaging!



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Supermarkets stock thousands of different global brands, and to target them all would be slow progress. But when it comes to their own brand products, supermarkets have the power to drastically reduce the plastic on their shelves.

The recent ban on exporting waste to China has highlighted just how urgent this plastic crisis is - our recycling systems can't keep up with the vast quantities of plastic that the UK is producing every day.

Governments and corporations must take action to reduce the amount of plastic that's being produced in the first place - and supermarkets have a crucial role to play.

Please add your name and tell supermarkets to go plastic free.



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15th January 2018

Waste Action Group meeting

1) Apologies Carolyn, Chris 2) Matters Arising All issues to be covered later on the agenda 3) Sustainable Crediton Seedshare on Sat 24th Feb Discussion of how this could be organised. Decided for some soup to be made at home on 23rd and some to be made on 24th at Boniface Centre. Need t ...

4th January 2018

Join the Great Nurdle Hunt

England's South West coastline is the first port of call for plastic litter washed up from the Atlantic Ocean by the gulf stream, which may be one reason why some of its beaches are so devastatingly polluted. Pellet sightings abound on both the South and North coasts of Cornwall and Devon. A whopp ...