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Recycle Week 2013

This week is National Recycle Week 2013 and the recycling team at Lewisham Council have been out and about in the borough promoting recycling and composting to residents.

Dave Brinson talks to one of the many shoppers that came to visit us throughout the day.

Dave Brinson talks to one of the many shoppers that came to visit us throughout the day.

On Wednesday 19th the team went to the shopping centre in Lewisham where we had a small stand and throughout the day spoke to many residents and shoppers giving advice and information on all manner of environmental issues. Many people just wanted advice and reassurance about what to recycle. Others were asking about the new Service Standards that we are currently introdcing.

We also took requests for compost bins, recycling bins and gave out bin stickers, leaflets and spaghetti measures and freezing clips to encourage more people to Love Food Hate Waste.

Visit us at our newly refurbished trailer on Friday 21st June.

Visit us at our newly refurbished trailer on Friday 21st June.

On Friday 21st, the team are heading to Sainsbury’s in New Cross Gate where we are taking our newly refurbished trailer and will again be talking to shoppers and residents and giving information as well as a few freebies to those that come and visit us.


Sustainable Transport Awareness Day

As part of Climate Week, which took place from 4–10 March, Lewisham Council organised a day raising awareness of the links between transport choices and climate change.

On Friday 8th March, Teams from Lewisham Council, in conjunction with the Met Police, put on a range of free activities and services in the car park of Sainsbury’s, New Cross.

Despite the persistent rain on the day, the event attracted local people and shoppers who were passing. Many were intrigued by the power that could be generated by a bicycle which  was organised by Electric Pedals. This brought out people’s competitive spirit as they were encouraged to see who could produce the biggest surge of energy and see what that would be able to power. The winner was Billy, who managed to generate a peak of 266 kw/h which would be enough to power a large flat-screen TV. However, this surge of effort would have to be continually maintained for some time if anyone wanted to  watch their favourite TV programme.

Shoppers were seeing how much power they could generate on a bike.

Shoppers were seeing how much power they could generate on a bike.

Also popular was the free bike service and repair provided by Bicyclenation and the cycle security marking and registration carried out by the Lewisham Safer Transport Team. Many people have a bike that may have not been used for some time or has been put away because of a minor defect. Having the bike checked for its roadworthiness and repairing these faults helps to improve road safety as well as encouraging more journeys to be made by bike instead of a motor vehicle. This has positive benefits for local air quality, climate change and the health of the cyclists.

Bicyclenation were on hand to make minor repairs and service peoples bikes.

Bicyclenation were on hand to make minor repairs and service peoples bikes.

Vehicle emissions testers were also on hand to check what was coming out of cars’ exhausts. Motor vehicles are the main cause of local air pollution in urban areas such as Lewisham. Therefore, it is important that vehicles are maintained properly between MOTs so that emissions are kept low. The Environmental Protection Team were also there to provide advice and provide free items that can help to reduce vehicle emissions. These included tyre pressure gauges, air freshener reminders to use the car less, water bottles for cyclists and maps on local public transport connections. One of the most useful items that was given out on the day was an emergency rain poncho for when people get caught out while walking in the rain!

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Sainsbury’s reveals we are what we waste

  • The average Brit could save more than double the amount they think they can
  • The average household could save £50 a month by avoiding food waste
  • 46% admit that they don’t know the correct ways to store food
  • Sainsbury’s reveals a set of waste ‘typologies’ to help people identify the ways they waste food

According to new research carried out by Sainsbury’s, Brits think they bin almost 10% of their weekly shop whereas actually it’s more than double that. The research has identified six types of people, each of whom wastes food in a different way.

 Despite tough economic times, supporting analysis carried out by WRAP reveals that British shoppers are unnecessarily throwing away an incredible £12 billion worth of food a year.  Furthermore, if UK households tackled avoidable food waste, they would save an average of £50 a month.

 The research reveals that people waste food in a variety of different ways according to their lifestyles and beliefs.  To find the best ways to tackle the problem, Sainsbury’s is working with Love Food Hate Waste

 Jack Cunningham, Sainsbury’s head of climate change and environment, said: “No one wants to waste food, but unpredictable lifestyles and hectic schedules mean many think it is unavoidable.  By recognising which type of shopper they are, customers can learn to plan meals more effectively, cutting waste and reducing household costs.”

 Hungry Hoarders, who make up 11% of theUK adult population, shop while hungry, resulting in impulse purchases.  They often fail to plan ahead meaning their shop might not create complete meals.

 Another key offender is the Ditsy Diarist, who currently accounts for 9% of the population. Ditsy Diarists do not consult their little black books before their trip to the supermarket and as they eat out a lot or work late, much of what they buy sits unused in the fridge and is eventually thrown away.

 Other groups that have surfaced are the Food Phobics (25%) – who are ultra-conscious and throw away food on or before the best before date without first checking its condition.  The Separate Shoppers are a generation of independent individuals who buy their own food without checking what their partner or housemate has already bought, often resulting in duplication.

 However all is not lost, some people are a far more careful about food waste. Topping the list are the Freezer Geezers – those who simply love their leftovers and use their freezers effectively to minimise food waste. Similarly, Conscientious Consumers are a group who love to make meals out of leftovers. Freezer Geezers and Conscientious Consumers combined make up 44% of the population.

 Food waste has become a hot topic over recent years, and the majority (67%) of consumers admit they do not always plan their shopping trips by making a list or meal planning, instead deciding what to buy while in the store. 46% admit that they do not know the correct ways to store food.

 Keen to tackle this problem head on, Sainsbury’s is introducing a raft of new measures to help reduce the amount of food wasted by:

  •  Working in conjunction with Love Food Hate Waste to train in-store counter colleagues up and down the country so that colleagues are on hand to give customers practical tips and advice to help reduce their household food waste
  • Providing tips and recipe ideas on how to use leftovers on

 Emma Marsh, Head of Love Food Hate Waste from WRAP said: “The industry has a huge role to play in helping reduce the amount of food we waste and we are working together to achieve solid results. Our research shows, for example, that Brits throw away around 37 million slices of bread a day in the UK and we have a long way to go to prevent this. We hope that by working with Sainsbury’s, we will help individuals enjoy their food more by learning to love their leftovers, which will help the environment and save money.”

 Defra Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister, Lord Taylor continues: “Too much food gets wasted, which is not only bad for the household budget, but also bad for businesses’ bottom line. Since publishing the Waste Review we’ve introduced new guidance on food date labelling to help clear up confusion for customers and stop good food going to waste. We have also set up responsibility deals with the food industry to tackle waste in the supply chain and help them to save money.

 “The government-backed Love Food Hate Waste campaign also provides advice to consumers on how to avoid food going to waste and the Government is leading by example after introducing standards requiring caterers to reduce what we throw away.”

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