Celebrity chef Richard Fox led a food waste cooking challenge at Shoreditch Town Hall last night (February 27) which aimed to raise awareness of the amount of food wasted in the home.
The event, which was organised by North London Waste Authority (NLWA), aimed to highlight the issue of food waste in by showing how leftovers can be transformed into delicious dishes.
The cookery challenge formed part of an event celebrating the NLWA’s 2013/14 waste prevention programme. The NLWA’s waste prevention programme supports residents of the seven North London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest), to reduce the amount of waste they produce through a variety of initiatives.
At the event, councillor Clyde Loakes, chair of the NLWA, announced its ambition for the new waste prevention plan. Councillor Loakes said: “The new programme has set a target to reduce the amount of waste produced by 20,000 tonnes in the next two years, approximately 2% of last year’s waste arisings. This year will be an exciting start to this challenge.”
If you’ve had the opportunity to collect free EcoPark compost at a previous compost giveaways, you may already be seeing the benefits. Existing growers are using our compost to kick start their growing projects, to improve the condition of their soil or as mulch.
Did you know? We also donate compost to local groups, to help them organise their own compost giveaways. In April, we are providing 30 tonnes of EcoPark compost to En10ergy & Sustainable Haringey in support of their ‘Compost Giveaway’.
The giveaway will take place on Sunday 6 April -10am-3pm at Paddock Car Park, Alexandra Park N22. Please bring your own shovel and strong bags. For further information contact Joyce Rosser 020 8347 7684.
Do you fancy signing up to a gym with a twist?
The Green Gym is an innovative way to make a difference to your local environment while getting physically active. You will get the opportunity to discover hidden green spaces, improve your health and stamina, learn new skills and give your body and mind a thorough workout outdoors.
Each gym session starts with warm-up exercises to prepare you for the work ahead and ends with cool-down exercises. There are a range of tasks for different levels of physical challenge.
There are currently over 15 Green Gyms running each week in the London Boroughs of Bromley, Camden, Haringey, Newham, Waltham Forest and Westminster. All are free and easy to join. Click to find your nearest Green Gym.
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The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have launched a new campaign’ Love your Clothes’. The aim of the campaign is to help consumers understand how to efficiently extend the lifetime value of their clothes, and to change the overall attitudes to buying when purchasing garments. The campaign follows on from WRAP research that around 30 per cent of clothes bought every year are not worn.
Love Your Clothes has also launched a website to help people:
- Find out how to reduce their clothing’s’ environmental footprint (such as by using laundry methods that use less energy, or by repairing worn clothes)
- Upload their own tips on how to make the most of any clothes bought
- Share ideas and advice on what to do with clothes they no longer want or need.
To unlock the value of your wardrobe today visit Love Your Clothes.
Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Next join Stella McCartney and charities in bid to cut 15% of clothing waste by 2020
Britons are being urged to extend the life of their clothing to avoid 350,000 tonnes of garments worth an estimated £140m ending up in landfill.
High street fashion outlets including Tesco, M&S and Next, fashion designer Stella McCartney, recyclers and charities have joined forces to pledge a 15% reduction in carbon, water and waste going to landfill by 2020.
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Source: Guardian, Rebbecca Smithers, 11 February 2013
As part of Go Green Week 2014 (10-14 February) LondonWaste’s Communication and HR staff will host workshops, exhibitions and talks at the College of Haringey, Enfield, and North East London (Conel). The team will cover topics on energy generation, recycling and career paths in the Green Sector. Students will also have the opportunity to find out how their recyclable and black bag waste is managed at the EcoPark.
Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities.
Retail giant to donate €1 for solar lighting in refugee camps for every LED lightbulb sold until April
IKEA plans to provide hundreds of solar lamps and fuel-efficient cooking stoves to refugee camps across the world, as part of a major new fundraising campaign.
The Swedish furniture retailer launched the two-month campaign this week, pledging to donate €1 from the IKEA Foundation to the United Nations Refugee Agency for every LED light bulb the stores sell until 29 March. Read more at www.businessgreen.com
We recently donated a colossal load of EcoPark compost to Walthamstow Village in Bloom Residents’ Association ( WVRA). Their first delivery of compost has been used to fill 25 communal beds and planters around Walthamstow village. The volunteers from WVRA gardening group maintain the gardens in the Village Square, the adopted planters, flowerbeds, tree pits and any public spaces that require attention.
Click to read more information on WVRA.
According to Love Food Hate Waste, every day in UK homes we throw away, equivalent to, approximately 1.4 million whole bananas. Composting is a great way of disposing of those food scraps that will never be on the menu such as tea bags, banana skins, and egg shells but why are we Brits needlessly throwing away our healthy fruit and vegetables? Latest figures show that 13 billion ‘5 a day’ portions of fruit and vegetables were thrown away in 2012 – that’s enough to provide more than 7 million people with their ‘5 a day’ for a year.
Here are some simple Love Food Hate Waste tips to get you started:
- storing most fresh fruit and vegetables in the fridge keeps them fresh for much longer
- tired vegetables are great in soup, chutney and curry
- take fruit and vegetables to crunch on at work or school – it makes a healthy snack
- over-ripe speckled bananas can be frozen, skins removed, for an instant ice cream or used in fruit smoothies
Visit lovefoodhatewaste for more scrumptious recipes and advice on how to make the most of the food you buy.
It’s fantastic that there are new repair and reuse schemes popping up around London. Last month we wrote about Bright Sparks, that helps bring small electrical items back to life. There is also the Restart Project – a social enterprise that encourages people to use their electronics longer in order to reduce waste. Restart Project volunteer help people learn to repair their own electronic at community events, in the workplace and speak publicly about repair and resilience.
Read further about the Restart Project
H&M is the first fashion company to launch a global initiative called Garment Collecting. Customers are encouraged to bring their unwanted garments of any brand and in any condition to H&M stores.
Customers can hand in a maximum of two shopping bags of clothes every day and will receive one £5 voucher (redeemable on your next purchase of £30 or more) for each shopping bag of clothes.
The garments are separated in three groups:
Recycle – textiles that cannot be reused can be turned into textile fibres or used to manufacture products such as insulating materials for the auto industry
Reuse – garments that are no longer suitable to wear are sent for reuse to I:CO and converted into other products, such as cleaning cloths.
Rewear – clothing that can be worn again are sold as second-hand goods worldwide
Click to read more about H&M Garment Collecting initiative.
The Co-operative Group has launched a new compostable carrier bag that can also be used as food waste caddy liner.
Following a successful trial, the retailer is rolling the bags out to 400 stores in 81 local authority areas with food waste recycling schemes.
The bags are made from a combination of natural materials; the new bags carry the seedling logo and are certified to the EN13432 standard. The Co-operative said the bags are strong enough to carry heavy, bulky items such as milk and potatoes but unlike conventional plastic equivalents they have also been approved for use as waste food bin liners.
The new bags, together with their food waste contents, can be turned into compost, which in turn can be used to grow fruit and vegetables in a perfect environmental cycle.
Iain Ferguson, The Co-operative Food’s environment manager, said: “Every compostable carrier bag used is one less conventional plastic shopping bag in circulation. We believe they will have a significant impact upon the number of plastic bags which end up in landfill sites every year.”
The Co-operative said it believed that the new compostable carrier bags could play a role in encouraging more people to recycle food waste. Priced at 6p, the bags cost around half the price of food waste caddy liners bought on a roll.
Ferguson added: “We are the only major food retailer in the UK to offer carrier bags which are also compostable and carry the seedling logo. Our aim is to enable our customers to recycle more of the products they buy from us from the leftover food and packaging, right through to the bag they use to carry their shopping home.”
The new compostable carrier bags are being introduced in The Co-operative Food stores in the following north London boroughs: Barnet, Camden and Enfield.
Around the home, most of us have unused or unwanted electrical items that are just too good to get rid of… but did you know you could donate them and help raise vital funds at the same time?
From kettles and toasters, to DVD players and radios, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) are after your unwanted working items to re-sell in their furniture & electrical stores and help raise fund to help beat heart disease.
Before donating electrical items to BHF, check you can answer YES to the following questions:
- Is the item in working order?
- Do all the functions work?
- Is the item complete with leads, remote control (and ideally an instruction booklet)?
- Is it in sellable condition? i.e. cabinet/casing not excessively marked (excluding normal wear & tear).
- The mains power lead must not be damaged.
- The cabinet must not be broken or have damage whereby internal components can be touched.
- There should be no signs of overheating around ventilation holes
How to donate
Donating your unwanted items to BHF shops is easy.
Read more about donating to the British Heart Foundation.
In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten.
In January North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will be running events giving top tips and advice about reducing, reusing, and recycling your waste. See the list below to find out when they will be in your area.
Monday 13 January 11am -2pm Hackney Brittania Leisure Centre, 40 Hyde Rd, London N1 5JU
Wednesday 15th January 10am-2pm Sainbury’s Islington, 41 Liverpool Road, London N1 0RW
Thursday 16th January 10am-2pm Sainsbury’s Stamford Hill1 Amhurst Park, London, N16 5LW
Wednesday 29th January 11am-2pm Edmonton Leisure Centre 2 The Broadway Edmonton London N9 ORT
Read more here about how you can reduce your waste and save money.
What a wonderful way to start the year, eight employees from across a range of departments successfully completed the Advanced Apprenticeship in Leadership & Management. Certificates were today (10 January) presented by Managing Director David Sargent to acknowledge their perseverance and achievements.
The nationally recognised qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management included a nine-month training program led by Skills Team; a specialist IT and Management knowledge provider. The Advanced Apprenticeship included assessor support, workshops on risk management, leadership, motivation, decision making, communication, stress management and setting objectives. Candidates also completed functional skills in Information and Communication Technology, Maths and English.
David Sargent spoke to the group and said: ”The waste industry is changing as more is done with waste. You are showing that the industry has people within it who are willing to lead the way and develop their skills further.”
Household Waste & Recycling Centres Manager, Tafi Harris said: “I hadn’t studied for a while and this kick-started me into a whole new way of thinking. It also helped me to understand the processes and principals I apply everyday in my job role I’d recommend it to anyone interested in developing their career.”
Bulky Recycling Centre Supervisor Roy Keogh said: “This course has given me a massive confidence boost and increased my understanding of how all the departments work together to solve issues. I now talk to other supervisors and where before there may have been problems we work as a team to sort things out. …. I’d recommend it to anyone. “
LondonWaste offers a wide variety of employment opportunities from engineers (mechanical, electrical and process), machine and LGV drivers, waste and recycling operatives to accountants, IT, Health & Safety, Public Relations and Human Resources. As more waste material is used as a resource we recognise the need to retain the best people. We will invest in training and skills development whilst we continue to provide quality public services for North London. We intend to attract, up-skill and keep the best people look out for updates in 2014.
Bright Sparks in Islington has opened its Re-use and Repair Shop to bring small electrical items back to life.
The initiative, offers training and volunteering opportunities to the unemployed while also diverting electronic equipment and furniture from landfill.
Appliances are sourced from empty council house clearances and local businesses, before being sorted, cleaned and fixed in at new workshops.
Councillor Rakhia Ismail, Islington’s executive member for sustainability, said: “It’s great to see Bright Sparks expanding. It’s a fantastic example of how recycling can benefit the whole community, bringing jobs and training for local people and providing low-cost goods to buy.
“I wish this innovative, inspirational project the best of luck in being part of Finsbury Park’s future.”
How to recycle Christmas trees in north London boroughs:
Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Waltham Forest
The seven north London boroughs are operating collection or drop-off services for your used Christmas trees this festive season. Trees will be shredded and turned into compost at the LondonWaste Compost Centre.
The compost is used on north London’s parks, gardens and allotments.
Click to find your local collection or drop-off points of your borough’s recycling arrangements for real Christmas trees – including how to get your tree collected or where to take it if you’d rather drop it off yourself. You can also recycle your Christmas tree by taking it to most of north London’s household waste recycling centres.
- If you are leaving your Christmas tree out for collection, please do not leave your tree on the pavement as this will cause an obstruction to pedestrians.
- Be aware that if you are dropping your tree off at a park, the tree collection point may be some distance from the park entrance. Please contact your borough for more information.
- Whether you are leaving it out for collection, or dropping it off, please remove all decorations, pots and turf from your tree as these cannot be recycled or composted.
Celebrity comedian Jo Brand and sports presenter Jake Humphrey are encouraging the public to recycle their Christmas cards at Marks & Spencer’s stores throughout the UK.
Meanwhile supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is once again partnering with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) on the initiative, with increased coverage in stores after a successful campaign at Christmas 2012.
The retailers have taken it upon themselves to provide this service to residents for the last two years after a scheme organised by the Woodland Trust came to an end in January 2011 due to a lack of funding and participants (see letsrecycle.com story).
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Join the NLWA for a series of Swishing events across the seven north London boroughs, to raise awareness of textile reuse and waste. Many people have clothes in their wardrobe that they no longer wear but are still in good condition and this November we’re encouraging residents to dig them out for some Swishing.
At the events there will also be workshops, refreshments and live music.
Saturday 9 Nov.- Platform, Hornsey Road Baths, 260 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT – 1-2pm (receiving clothes/accessories), event 2-5pm.
Sunday 10 Nov – The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA – 1-2pm (receiving clothes/accessories – free tea/coffee), event 2-5pm
Monday 11 Nov – Green Towers Community Centre, 7 Plevna Road, Edmonton, N9 OBU – 2.30-3.30pm (receiving clothes/accessories – free tea/coffee), event 3.30-7pm
3-5pm: Free doorstop making workshop. Bring an old piece of fabric (at least a meter square) and something heavy to stuff it with ( lentils, stones). There will be an opportunity to make a doorstop which you will then be able to take home.
Read further information here.
Food waste volumes available to the waste management industry have fallen by 1.1 million tonnes over the five years to 2012 according to the findings of a WRAP report published today.
WRAP – the Waste & Resources Action Programme – said that the tonnage was “food that could have been eaten” and represented a reduction of 21% of the total.
It explained that the reduction had come about through work by major retailers, food brands and other manufacturers, adding: “They have made it easier for people to buy the right amounts of food and drink, keep what they buy at its best and use what they buy through innovations in products, packaging and labelling.”
The figures come less than 24 hours after resources minister Dan Rogerson revealed that he has pulled the plug on work by Defra and the Department for Energy and Climate Change to promote anaerobic digestion as a process to deal with food waste. Read more
LCRN and East Thames will be running a Give or Take event on Saturday 9th November 2013 at The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA.
Waltham Forest residents can GIVE away their unwanted items from 10.30am to 12.30pm and/or TAKE things for FREE from 12.45 to 2.15pm.
LondonWaste held an educational tour to support a group of Boy Scouts ‘Living World’ program. As part of their study program, the boy scouts were required to find out the process of waste recycling in their local area. The visit held at Regis Road Recycling and Re-use Centre in Camden, was the perfect opportunity for the group to see the range of deposited waste materials, such as garden waste, wood, metals and small electrical goods, that are segregated in clearly marked containers.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of America’s(BSA) largest youth development organisations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character and develops personal fitness.
We are pleased to announce, one of LondonWaste’s Mechanical apprentices, Alfie Dean, has been selected by Havering College to receive the Apprentice of the Year Award – Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering.
Each year the college nominates outstanding achievements, from over 11,000 students. The award highlights students’ outstanding achievement, hard work and dedication during the academic year.
The award presentation will take place on Tuesday 5 November 2013 at 5.30pm at Havering College, Ardligh Green Campus.
For further information about apprenticeship opportunities, please email our HR Department firstname.lastname@example.org
Tesco has become the first major UK retailer to publish its food waste arisings which show that 28,500 tonnes of food waste were generated at its stores and distribution centres in the first half of 2013.
The data also shows that 68% of bagged salad is wasted along with almost half of the bakery items. However, the supermarket said not all of this food is wasted in-store with 35% of wasted bagged salad occurring in consumers’ homes. Read more
The NLWA, LondonWaste’s sole shareholder, has announced a decision to end the procurement for waste services and fuel use contracts. An alternative strategy based on continuing use of the existing Energy Centre at the EcoPark will be pursued in the medium term whilst a new long-term energy recovery solution at the site is developed.
The Authority will consider a number of options for a new long-term energy recovery solution; one possibility would involve LondonWaste helping to deliver and operate any new facilities at the EcoPark. This could mean that the company may remain in the Authority’s ownership for a longer period.
This decision follows significant and recent changes to the planning environment in north London, as well as research into the existing Energy Centre, which indicates that it could remain operational, with some modest investment, until at least 2025.
This decision is a vote of confidence in the way LondonWaste Ltd has carried out its operations over the past four years while the company has been wholly owned by the Authority.
The north London boroughs will press on with the development of an alternative strategy and over coming months the NLWA will develop this new strategy in liaison with LondonWaste. To find out further information check the NLWA website
To celebrate the new season, visitors enjoyed the atmosphere at the annual Capel Manor Taste of Autumn event (14 -15 September). Now in its four year of sponsorship with LondonWaste EcoPark, visitors were offered a chance to savour the tastes, smells, and sights of autumnal fruits and vegetables, juices and preserves.
A fantastic range of stands showcased food, from steaming hot soups with rustic breads; delicious hand-pressed apple juice; to buying advice and jam and chutney competitions. In the Growing Corner an impressive range of fruit and vegetables from Enfield’s Goat Lane Allotments, as well as advice from experienced growers encouraged a give-it-a- grow-your-own approach. The growing enthusiasts use EcoPark compost on their plots and displayed a hearty spread of chard, squashes, pumpkins, marrows, tomatoes, potatoes, grapes and apples. There was also a gigantic guess the weight pumpkin – with donations given to a local charity.
A ‘Colossal Compost heap’ encouraged visitors to begin to give-it-a-go grow-your-own approach, by shovelling as much EcoPark compost as they could for a mere £5 donation. The colossal 40 tonnes of compost went down a treat with some visitors returning the following day to fill up on yet more “black gold”. Throughout 14-29 September London will celebrate community food producers and growers, do look out for other events through www.urbanfoodfortnight.org and why not do your bit to support it-eat local, buy local, and get growing.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, visited Capel Manor Gardens on the 10th September , to tour the National Garden Centre and open their new Animal Centre. The centre will provide an area for dog grooming and a laboratory for veterinary science.
As the Mayor toured the College he met with David Sargent, LondonWaste Managing Director. Mr Sargent spoke about the EcoPark’s sponsored Walled Garden and explained the EcoPark’s role in managing about a quarter of London’s waste and recyclables. The display of EcoPark compost presented the perfect opportunity to praise the virtue of the “black gold”, a label enthusiastically supported by the others present in the group.
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) in partnership with seven north London Boroughs – Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest has published its latest Waste Prevention Guide for Businesses ‘Reduce waste, save money’ to help local businesses manage their waste effectively.
This reference guide contains easy-to-read information about how businesses can make big savings by reducing their waste. The guide provides a background on the benefits of managing waste efficiently, practical ideas to reduce business waste, information on organisations that can provide free collection services and advice and inspirational case studies. Download guide
Thousands of new bins are being delivered to homes in Barnet over the coming weeks before a new recycling system is introduced. From the 14th October, residents will be able to put all of their mixed recycling in their new blue bin instead of sorting it into different boxes. Residents will also be able to recycle much more than they used to, as the new service will allow the recycling of more plastics such as yogurt pots, margarine tubs and food trays. Read more.
The next time you plan on purchasing new electrical appliances, why not use the Top 10 Energy Efficiency Guide which is a new addition to the Waste Watch website. This handy guide lists the most energy-efficient products from a range of popular appliances. It’s a great tool to compare purchase price and energy consumption, particularly the information on the “average performing model” which details an appliance’s energy-efficiency mid-point, based on the Energy Label, as well as the most common type of model on sale. Why not try it out to help reduce energy use and also save money.