Getting involved with waste prevention

Not sure where to start?

Find out how you can get involved in Waste Prevention

Start your waste reduction journey

We all want to do our bit to reduce our waste but starting out on your waste reduction journey alone can be a bit daunting.

Working together within your community is a great way of making a difference as well as meeting new people and learning new skills.

Whether it’s repairing furniture, volunteering at swap events, helping out with promotions or passing on hints and tips to local groups on reducing waste, there are lots of options near you for getting involved.

Note: Any activities included in the Smart Living webpages should be carried out in line with Government and Public Health advice and guidance on COVID-19

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Waste Prevention Community Champions

Would you like to meet new people, learn new skills and help prevent waste in your local community?

If so, why not join our group of Waste Prevention Community Champions?

Hampshire County Council’s network of Waste Prevention Community Champions are a fantastic group of volunteers who help residents reduce their food and household waste and save money by passing on hints and tips within their local community.

As a Community Champion you will receive full training and access to online and practical resources to help get you started. We also provide dedicated support and regular updates and communications.

Hear why Champion Barbara enjoys the role and what it means to her:

How to apply

For more information email waste.prevention@hants.gov.uk, or call the Team on 0370 779 7985. Or complete the application form and email it to waste.prevention@hants.gov.uk.

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Use our A-Z directory to find a Waste Prevention or Reuse group near you

If you know of any groups not included in the A-Z directory, please let us know at: waste.prevention@hants.gov.uk

 

Resources for community groups

If you’re thinking about starting a waste prevention project but don’t know where to begin, we’ve pulled together some useful links to help you get started.

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Repair Cafés

Repair Cafés are a growing global movement where people bring their broken household items along for volunteers to repair. People usually make a small up-front donation whether or not the item is successfully repaired and sit with the volunteer while the repair is being attempted to learn repair skills.

Guidance on setting up and running a Repair Café from Repair Café International

‘How To’ Guide from Manchester Repair Cafe

Repair Cafes in Hampshire

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Reusable Nappies Libraries

Reusable Nappy Libraries offer a range of kits, support and advice for parents wishing to trial reusable nappies. The kits are often loaned out to parents for a small fee for a number of months and then returned to the library. There is often an accompanying element of support and advice with the kits, either in the form on leaflets/online advice or meet ups with other parents also using reusable nappies.

UK Nappy Network

Guidance on setting up and running a Reusable Nappy Library from Real Nappies for London

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Community Composting

Community Composting is usually defined as a scheme whereby communities come together to compost their suitable household and garden waste and produce compost for an area.

Advice on Community Composting from Norfolk Council

Guidance on setting up Community Composting projects from Carry on Composting

Community Composting in Brighton and Hove

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Library of Things

A Library of Things is a collection of household and/or garden items available to loan either free of charge or for a fee to people who require the item for a short period of time.

Guidance on setting up a library of things

Reuse Network

Reuse Network supports charities across the UK to help them alleviate poverty, reduce waste, and tackle climate change

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Swap Events

Swap Events are community events where people bring clothes, baby equipment or other small household items to swap.

Swap it online!

 

Community Fridges

Community Fridges are publicly available fridges which store unwanted fresh food from the local area, so it can be passed onto those who can make use of it.

Hubbub Community Fridge Network

Guide to setting up a Community Fridge

Planning a project?

If you’re planning a project which isn’t mentioned above, please contact us at waste.prevention@hants.gov.uk or on social media. For further ideas or advice.

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Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund

The Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund was originally launched in 2017 to help kickstart or expand local initiatives which reduce household waste in Hampshire. Since then, the scheme has supported 37 community projects which have helped to reduce household waste, supported local communities and the local economy.

Local organisations, businesses and schools can apply for funds up to the value of £5,000 to deliver projects which help to reduce household waste in Hampshire, support community cohesion and the local economy.

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These have included:  

  • Repair cafes 
  • Cookery and upcycling classes in schools 
  • Second-hand school uniform service 
  • Reusable Nappy Libraries 
  • Community Fridge
  • Swap events  
  • Community composting
  • A click and collect service for refillables 

Play Top Chomps!

No one likes to see food go to waste, yet we all throw food away sometimes. Have you ever thought about everything that goes into growing the food we eat? Every time we throw away food, these resources go to waste too. Play our game of Top Chomps to learn more about the resources used in food production, then take action to reduce your family’s food waste.

How to play

Select the category on your card which you think will beat the computer’s card. To win, the figure has to be lower than the computer’s!

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Round 1 of 7

Scoreboard

Player score: 0

Computer score: 0

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Player two card

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Cheese

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Pork

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Chicken

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Eggs

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Milk

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Rice

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Potatoes

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Bread

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Tomatoes

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Bananas

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Apples

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Dark chocolate

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Most of the world's cocoa beans are grown in West Africa.
*includes all sweets and chocolate.

Coffee

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Guide to terms

Greenhouse gases = this is the equivalent number of kilograms of carbon dioxide produced to make one kilogram of this food type. Greenhouse gases contribute to climate change which has negative impacts on our environment.

Land use = the number of square metres of land needed to grow or produce one kilogram of this food type. Land is a precious, finite resource that we need to look after. The more land is used for growing our food, the less is available for trees and natural habitat.

Water use = how many litres of water are used to make one kilogram of this food type. Water is another precious, finite resource that we share with the whole world. The more water that we use in food production, the less we have available for drinking, washing and cooking.

Tonnes wasted = this is the amount of this product that the UK throws away each year that could have been avoided: meaning we threw it away because we bought, cooked or served too much, didn’t store it correctly or didn’t use it in time.

Cost = this is how many millions of pounds UK families like yours spend buying this food each year, only for it to be thrown away uneaten.

Education resources for schools

The topic of waste prevention offers diverse learning opportunities, ranging from minibeasts to climate change; from product design to growing and preparing food.

We have put together a selection of existing waste prevention education resources to support learning in schools. Let us know if you have any suggestions to add.

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Primary age resources

Food and Agricultural Organisation (UN): Do Good, Save Food

Teaching guides for different ages, including two core lessons and follow-up activities aimed at reducing food waste.

WWF Plant to Plate

A waste-focused look at the how we grow, cook and prepare our food. Includes composting and packaging.

Love Food Hate Waste: Make Food Matter

Activities and food diaries allow pupils to track their food waste at home and school, then take action to reduce it.

 
RHS Earth Matters

Guides and activities for four hands-on sessions looking at soil, the compost lifecycle and worms.

Garden Organic: Making Compost in Schools

A practical guide to setting up and maintaining successful composting in schools.

 
Suez STEM Education Resources

Presentations and activities which encourage pupils to think about the value of materials and to consider waste prevention and reuse ahead of recycling.

Sustainable Learning

A range of sustainability themed teaching resources for all stages, searchable by theme. Waste topics include plastics and sustainable product design.

 
Ellen MacArthur Foundation: How we make stuff

Downloadable activities exploring how products are currently made and asking whether there could be a better way.

 

The Rubbish Monster Thing, Simon Chadwick, 2018

A rhyming story about the actions we can all take to reduce our waste. This book was supported by our Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund.

Yucky Worms, Vivian French, 2015

A closer look at worms and the important role they play in creating compost and aerating the soil.

Zero Waste Kids, Kathryn Kellogg, 2020

30 achievable child-friendly challenges to reduce waste.

Compost stew: an A to Z recipe for the Earth, Mary McKenna Siddals and Ashley Wolff, 2010

A rhyming picture book introducing children to composting.

I can reduce waste, Martha E.H. Rustad, 2020

30 achievable child-friendly challenges to reduce waste.

 
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Secondary age resources

Love Food Hate Waste: Powerpoint for assemblies and food waste diary

The presentation can be personalised with your own school information. The diary allows pupils to track their food waste before taking action to reduce it.

Food and Agricultural Organisation (UN) Do Good, Save Food

Teaching guides for different ages, including two core lessons and follow-up activities aimed at reducing food waste.

Love Food Hate Waste: Make Food Matter

Activities and food diaries allow pupils to track their food waste at home and school, then take action to reduce it.

 
Suez STEM Education Resources

Presentations and activities which encourage pupils to think about the value of materials and to consider waste prevention and reuse ahead of recycling.

Sustainable Learning

A range of sustainability themed teaching resources for all stages, searchable by theme. Waste topics include plastics and sustainable product design.

 
Ellen MacArthur Foundation: How we make stuff

Downloadable activities exploring how products are currently made and asking whether there could be a better way.

 

Six weeks to zero waste: a simple plan for life, Kate Arnell, 2020

A six week challenge for older pupils and adults.

The True Cost of Technology: How to Shop to Change the World, Mary Colson, 2014

A closer look behind the resources that are needed to build the technology we use every day.

A Teen Guide to Eco Fashion, Liz Gogerly, 2013

This book covers sourcing eco-friendly fashion as well as reuse, repair, recycling and maintaining the life of our clothes.

This Book is Not Rubbish: 50 Ways to Ditch Plastic, Reduce Rubbish and Save the World! Isabel Thomas and Alex Paterson, 2018

50 tips to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

My zero-waste kitchen, Kate Turner, Ruth O’Rourke-Jones and Will Heap, 2017

As well as recipes, this includes tips for shopping, meal planning and storing food.