Reduce My Rubbish
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Norfolk Scouts Association in partnership with Norfolk County Council are now running an annual competition to look at how much waste Scouts recycle at home. A prize will be awarded to the one of the groups participating via prize draw at the end of each year. In addition to encouraging good recycling at home this counts towards the Environmental Issues badge.
These activities will help engage the Scouts with recycling and are a fun way to get across key messages about good recycling
Food waste is a major issue. In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes a year, over half of which could have been eaten. In Norfolk, food waste represents one third of the contents of our general rubbish bins.
Buying food to throw it away – Wasting food costs an average households £470 a year. This figure rises to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month! And it’s bad for the environment too.
There are two main reasons why we throw away good food:
– We cook or prepare too much or we don’t use it in time.
– The foods we waste the most are vegetables, salad, fruit, bread and cakes.
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Recipe ideas for Scouts to make use of left over food
Every year in Norfolk approximately 8,500 tonnes of textiles (including clothing) that could be reuses or recycled is thrown away!
Make the Most of your Textiles
If we could extend the lifespan of our clothes by just 3 months we could reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by 5% – 10% and save money too.
Buying New Clothes – do I really need them? The average householder has over £1,000 worth of clothes. Many of these will be forgotten about, stuffed in the back of wardrobes, in drawers and under beds. A really good rummage could find forgotten favourites and save you money.
Buying smarter can mean choosing clothes that are better made and are easier to care for. Or maybe you don’t need to buy at all – you could hire or swap instead.
Buying pre-loved clothes can also be a great way of getting a new look for a fraction of High Street prices. And vintage clothes mean you can be both chic and unique, as they often use colours and fabrics that you just can’t find in stores today.
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