Saturday, March 29, 2008
The Case for Weekly Food Waste Collection
My eye was naturally drawn to the title of this very recent Defra Press Release "Weekly food waste collections can benefit the environment and save money". Rather a different message to that we're hearing from Winchester Council.
The Press Release includes the following quote from Environment Minister Joan Ruddock "Food wastage is an increasingly important issue, on environmental, sustainability, climate change and equity grounds. There is also the real loss to the economy of so much potential value. This research shows that much more can be done cost effectively to prevent food wastage and to recover value from what is thrown away. Food waste recycling was targeted by our Waste Strategy, and current studies show how local authorities can make real advances. European and UK legislation to divert municipal biodegradable waste from landfill rightly imposes tough targets. Food waste recycling has an important role to play in helping Britain meet its international obligations."
When Liberal Democrats re-take control of Winchester City Council, weekly collection and recycling of food waste will be one of our top priorities.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The Winchester Passion - report
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Greening Oliver's Battery
The Greening Campaign was set up in response to the threat of global warming. It is an innovative idea to help motivate people to reduce their energy consumption and therefore lower their personal and community carbon footprint. In a nutshell it's about informing people of ways in which they can cut their own CO2 emissions, involving them in the process and measuring the results.
We were fortunate to have Terena Plowright, former manager of the Sustainability Centre in East Meon along to talk to us. Terena is the founder of the Greening Campaign and was able to tell us about successful campaigns being run in other communities.
I think this is an interesting, exciting and useful project for Oliver's Battery and I look forward to being involved with it as it moves forward. There will be a further meeting, with wider participation, on Thursday 13th March, so watch out for more news about Greening Ollie B.