Zero waste

This principle is about reducing consumption, reusing and recycling to achieve zero waste and zero pollution.

One Planet Goals for zero waste:

  • Reduce wasteful consumption
  • Maximise upcycling, reuse and recycling
  • Zero waste to landfill
  • Aim for zero pollutants to enter air, water or soil
  • Promote the waste hierarchy:
    • Reduce consumption
    • Prevent waste
    • Reuse materials and products
    • Recycle and compost
    • Recover energy from waste
    • Dispose to landfill (Aim to get this to zero)

For example: waste in operations / construction / products & packaging, waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle), maximising value of waste / circular economy, final waste disposal, toxic pollution

Useful apps and information (we'll keep adding to this)
  • All you need to know about recycling at Recycle More (where to recycle what)
  • Recylenow is the national recycling campaign for England 
  • Terracycle partners with companies to recycle many materials that aren't taken by local recycling collections, e.g. crisp packets, plastic sweet wrappers, petfood pouches and more. (see below for details of local collection points)
  • Love Food Hate Waste has practical tips for reducing food waste at home
  • Composting advice or look at Charles Dowding's website
Local (we'll keep adding to this as we find out more) Some of these will not be open during the pandemic so please check before making a journey and follow current government guidelines.
  • Waste and recycling bin collection days
  • Somerset Waste Partnership has information about our local recycling services and tips for how to reduce waste and recycle more. From June 2021, they are rolling out a new waste collection service in Bruton which will collect more materials that can be recycled. 
  • Repair
    • Advice from Somerset Waste Partnership and a Repair Revolution flier
    • Shoes: The Wincanton Cobbler
  • Reduce & Refill
    • Bruton Wholefoods stocks a range of refillable products from spices and teas to cleaning products
    • Unwrapped Essentials refill shop in Castle Cary offers a wide range of dried foods, toiletries, household and zero waste gifts
    • The Whole refill shop in Coles Yard, Wincanton offers rice, muesli, cleaning products and much more
    • Gilcombe Farm offers Milk Refill: organic Bruton dairy pasteurised milk from a milk machine (currently out of action - Jan 2021) and raw milk refilled during shop hours at their counter
    • You can take your own tupperware to buy meat and / or cheese from:
      • Bill the Butcher in Bruton
      • Gilcome Farm shop on the road to Frome
    • Takeaway without single use packaging (and DELICIOUS) - The Tiffin Club at Kimbers - collect on Wednesday evenings from Kimbers Farm (order on Monday)
  • Reuse
    • Advice from Somerset Waste Partnership
    • Sign up to the local freecycle group: Freecycle Wincanton Castle Cary
    • Bruton's Facebook groups are great for sharing things, particularly:
    • Donate good quality items to Brainwave charity shop on the High Street - check with them to see whether what you're donating is sellable
    • Donate clothing to RAISE for refugees. Mill on the Brue has a collection point. See here for times and what's best to donate. (Not collecting during covid pandemic)
  • Recyle
    • See what can be collected in kerbside recycling
    • Some waste can be taken to waste recycling sites, e.g. Castle Cary / Dimmer. Details of what's accepted and not is here.
    • Wincanton Coop has a collection point for crisp and snack packets, bread bags, chocolate and biscuit wrappers, baby and pet food pouches, film lids, cling film and multi-pack film, pasta, rice, cereal and carrier bags for recycling
    • The nearest Terracycle collection points are in Yeovil and Shaftesbury. Join their Facebook groups for further details as they each collect different materials. All materials must be washed clean and dry. For items to be accepted it's important that they must match the product not the plastic, for example, bread bags. Any brand of bread bag can go in (as long as it's hdpe) but just because a pack of supermarket apples are packed in the same type of plastic, doesn't mean it can go in too.
    • Stretchy plastic, e.g. carrier bags, bread bags and vegetable bags can be put in a collection point by the entrance to Tesco in Shepton Mallet
    • Clothing and shoes can be recyled in our kerbside collections, via charity shops
    • Stamps can be recycled at Bridge Stores, Bruton
    • All metal can be taken to the waste recycling sites, e.g. Castle Cary / Dimmer

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