Dealing with waste is a huge pollution problem. The starting point has to be to reduce the waste we dispose of. Repair if you can. Buy products that will last and that you need.

If you do have things you don’t want, recycle it through your local charity shops or public market places such as Freecycle South East. Great furniture collection services include the charities Sue Ryder and British Heart Foundation.

If a product you buy has packaging that cannot be recycled, consider buying an alternative. Applying commercial pressures like this will soon focus the minds of the producers.

Water is often taken for granted, maybe think again about your waste water.

Production of food that is wasted is a huge contribution to carbon imitations. Limit what you throw away and support worthy causes such as food banks.

Useful organisations listed below.

Mid Surrey Community Fridges Quote: “Our aim is to stop food waste and to redistribute the excess food from supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and suppliers to residents so the food is not wasted. We prioritise those most in need, but anyone can have the food for free from one of our community fridge locations or our van deliveries”.

Surrey Environment Partnership Quote: “The Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP) is made up of Surrey County Council (SCC) and the 11 district and borough councils in the county. It aims to manage Surrey’s waste in the most efficient, effective, economical and sustainable manner”.

TerraCycle Find your local collection point, including crisp packets! Quote: “TerraCycle is ‘Eliminating the Idea of Waste®’ by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste”.

The Zero Waster Quote: “I became curious about what really works and what doesn’t work to reduce an individual’s footprint on the planet, so I went back to university and studied for my master’s in Sustainable Resource Economics, Transitions and Policy at University College London. I studied things like food, water and energy systems, lifecycle assessment, environmental law and the economics of sustainable resource use”.

Eco Park Surrey Quote: “Work is underway on Surrey County Council’s innovative new Eco Park development at Charlton Lane, Shepperton. This collection of facilities will process waste from Surrey households to create fuels to produce power for the national grid and a fertiliser for use in farming”.

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