Reduce, Reuse, Recycle  

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


We know that there is little landfill capacity left.  As a nation we will fill this capacity within the next six to nine years.  The county of Somerset is said to have fifteen years capacity left.

Somerset has made enormous strides in the last few years to improve household recycling, working to change attitudes and to reduce the estimated 1.2 tons of waste produced by the average family in the UK per year. In Somerset now, the majority of  ’stuff’ left in our bins to be buried in landfill is unrecyclable plastic –  yogurt pots, margarine pots, wrapping plastic etc. which could be used to make recycled products such as fencing, decking and garden furniture.

Quantock Eco has previously tried to work with our big supermarket chains adding our voice  to campaigns to persuade supermarkets to reduce packaging and/or use recyclable materials for packaging.  We also believe that if households are given more information about what new products can be derived from  recycled materials, we shall generate greater interest in the three “Rs”: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

In view of this we are currently carrying out a pilot study with the support of our local Councils and MPs to investigate whether it would be  feasible to collect the residual plastic in our bins, pack it and transport it to businesses who will convert it into useful products to sell on.  We will keep you posted on progress.

Why not visit the brilliant  ’Story of Stuff?    To quote Wikipedia  ‘ The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard is a short polemical animated documentary about the lifecycle of material goods.  It is critical of excessive consumerism and promotes sustainability.’
Quantock Eco has a copy of the DVD if you are interested. ( There is also now ‘ The Story of Broke’ on the website. To watch ‘The Story of Stuff’  first, click on the right  hand side of the  screen.)

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