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The picture on the right is Castlefields Community Cardboard Re-Cycling 2013.

 

The poem below is reprinted by kind permission of Matt Harvey, taken from his book "Where Earwigs Dare"

Recycling

THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT THIS POEM

made entirely from offprints and recycled popular bits,
hand-stitched non-seamlessly together
to see a hot tub in a council skip
and heaven in a bald tyre
behold infinity in your local tip
and eternity in some frayed electrical wire

it seems one man's chimney pot's another man's top hat
one man's bauble is another man's jewel
one man's cheapskate's another man's skip-rat
one man's chip fat's another man's fuel
one man's cheek is another man's chutzpah
one man's puddle is another man's foot spa

broken umbrellas, malfunctioning kettles
empty containers of various metals
that never quite did what it said on their tins
these are a few of my favourite things

and one man's tip is another man's temple
one man's junk is another man's joy
one man's meat is another man's pen pal
one man's man is another girl's boy
one man's popgun's another man's uzi
one man's grit is another man's muesli

leftovers, hand-me-downs, chuckaways, offcuts
used, pre-loved, second-hand, rejects and cast-offs
all the fresh junk that this rampantly unsustainable consumer society brings
these are yet more of my favourite things

when the cold bites, when my skip leaks
when I've lost my zest
I simply dismember my favourite things
and then I don't feel so stressed

Freiburg, Germany

This Sourh Western German city, of 220,000, has excellent and progressive policies on public transport, waste, lots of forms of sustainable energy, ecologically sound buildings, green spaces and lots more besides.    see: http://www.ecotippingpoints.org

ONCE-USED PLASTIC COFFEE/TEA Cups

The use of a one-off card/plastic cup, containing a hot beverage -  is not sustainble - as that container that cannot be recycled or reused and the plastic component will be around in landfill for possibly centuries!.  The only sensible option is to sit in a cafe for 10 mins, or take your own re-usable container, and there is a plethora of these in Shrewsbury shops - metal, plastic, bamboo - these latter can be composted after a few years, have silicone lids and can be purchased in pretty patterns from the Herbarium, Oxfam, Waterstones and Cooking Kneads.  You can also ask for a price reduction for using your own container in a takeaway coffee shop.  Starbucks sell a reusable cup for £1, and offer a small reduction on price if people bring their own.

INSPIRATIONAL  --  CONCORD COLLEGE students use thermal mugs, as they have taken a stand against one-use paper/plastic coffee cups.  They have launched a thermal reusable mug which has proved very popular and is now used by staff and students through the college - they bought their own! They had been using around 3,500 paper cups per week, estimated at a weight of 1.4 tonnes of rubbish peryear!  And now - none! This is surely something that could be replicated at every workplace.

If the situation of using once-only is really unavoidable, at least www.biopac.co.uk in Pershore sell biodegradeable compostable one-use cutlery and containers, cups, bags etc, for the catering trade.

 

Plastic Water and Juice Bottles

Plastic Bottles - these, once-used, when discarded, litter the countryside, and do not biodegrade.
They must be recycled at kerbside collections, and some town centres.

TO AVOID once-used plastic water bottles -

- buy a glass or stainless-steel one

- get a good water filter (and recycle filters at Argos, Meole Brace)

- get rid of chlorine taste of water by refrigerating in a glass bottle with top left off and use within 2 days.  Most of the chlorine evaporates!

- when out, cafes will refill your water bottle if asked (eg Costa).  And there is often a jug of tap water, so help yourself.
A growing website, when you are out and about -   http://www.refill.org.uk can tell you the nearest water-filling location.
But it is a legal requirement to fill up on request.

Borough Market in London has now banned plastic water bottles, and instigated water fountains instead, to refill your bottle! 

  A good start is to get milk (and organic) delivered in reusable glass bottles.    http://www.findamilkman.net
  Milk bottle glass is reused a minimum of 20 times and after than can still be recycled.

Have  a look at the following for inspiration:https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

Much Wenlock or Fairbourne Water, are the nearest source of local bottled water, but check where it is distributed, and then re-use the bottle, but read this website for the dangers of over-using plastic bottles!  See  http://www.thoughtco.com/reusing-plastic-bottles-serious-health-hazards

Rubbish Diet Challenge

 Whether it’s a space issue and you can’t get everything in your bin, your wheelie bin smells because of rotting food or you just can’t stand our throw away lifestyle, the Rubbish Diet challenge will help to solve your waste problems. It's like a slimming club for your bin, shrinking what you send to landfill, saving you money and once your bin is slim - you’ll never have to panic about missing bin day again!!

The Diet is really easy to do.  All you have to do is keep track of what you throw away and then find ways of making that waste disappear by recycling it, finding other uses for it or just avoiding it all together.  You’ll find solutions that work for you with the help of other Dieters in your group and from your local Bin Doctor, so check out the website.

 

Salop Computer Centre

recycle and sell refurbished laptops, tablets etc.

01743 233550

savesomegreen.co.uk

Try out a Bamboo toothbrush. Completely recyclable!

Shrewsbury Food Hub

The Shrewsbury Food Hub is an umbrella group for charities and projects in Shrewsbury/Shropshire that feed people as part of their daily work and who can benefit from donations of surplus food from local companies. We aim to cut down Shropshire's food waste and help conserve our planet's natural resources

Cwm Harry
Unit H, Vastre Industrial Estate
Newtown
01686 626234

Shrewsbury Repair Cafe

Broken toaster, hoover, trousers with a broken zip cluttering up your house? Bring them to the repair cafe and our friendly volunteers will help you repair them.

01743 366771

TerraCycle

TerraCycle upcycles and recycles traditionally non-recycable waste packaging (including coffee packaging, biscuit wrappers, baby food pouches, baby wipes packaging, writing instruments and many more) into a large variety of consumer products. These products keep waste out of our landfills and contribute to a cleaner world.

A TerraCycle drop off location collection box is in place at Café Connect (Bank Farm Road, Shrewsbury SY3 6DU) for the local community to recycle any brand of coffee refill pack, coffee bean bag, plastic coffee jar lid and single serve coffee stick / sachet. All the funds raised support the Shrewsbury United Reformed Church.consumer products.

0800 0470 984

The People's Design Lab

An opportunity to think about good product design, where waste is designed out.  Waste is a design flaw.  And to consider really wasteful products in daily use that could just be designed to be re-used, re-manufactured, etc.

TRAID

A charity which recycles and remakes textiles into new clothes, sold in their London shops or online, to fund health and education projects abroad.
Also does education projects in the Uk on making new clothes from used.  http://www.traidremade.com

020 8733 2580

wear2

 A new textile process - an ecostitching technology which allows garments to be selectively disassembled at end of life, the seams can be processed to fall apart, and then the garments can be re-used in various ways.

 

Zero Waste - part of Cwm Harry

This is what we should be striving for – many towns, cities and countries (including Bishops Castle in Shropshire and Presteigne, just over the border) have made this their ambition – why not Shrewsbury? This movement is growing, globally -  it is for local small-scale, community-led initiatives, based on questioning consumption, reducing waste, and reusing and  recycling everything - nature doesn't waste a thing!           
 

ZERO WASTE PRESTEIGNE and NORTON, just over the border - the 2012 Community Recycler of the Year award winners achieve nearly 80% of domestic waste, by slow recycling, with very community-based involvement.  See their inspiring website, at Cwm Harry, who have developed a closed-loop economy.