The waste reduction projects aim to reduce waste through the reduction, re-use, sharing and recycling of products. Activities include:
- Running our hugely popular Bring and Takes – one person’s junk is another person’s treasure! (next one Sat 27th April 2019 at WOCC)
- Running our annual ‘Beet the Waste’ food and music festival at Tap Social (next one Sunday 29th September 2019), in partnership with Oxford Food Bank
- Distributing reusable bamboo sporks (to avoid single use plastic cutlery) and in the past, free cotton bags to local residents
- Actively showcasing fun creative projects which make lovely USEFUL things from stuff which would otherwise be thrown away e.g. our smelly socks (lavender stuffed odd socks, collected at the Bring & Take), and the infamous LCWO ear gong (must be heard to be believed…) ** check out our growing collection of favourite waste-to-useful-funky-thing ideas here! **
- Plus: litter picks; swishing; education and awareness raising; reusing old plastic bags to make arts and crafts, and new stronger bags; working with local shop holders to reduce use of plastic bags
The fabulous biannual Bring & Take
LCWO held its first Bring & Take event in 2009, and has held two every year since. Each one attracts 200+ people, and 1000+ items are swapped.
This leads to an estimated 1.53 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided / 1 tonne waste / 740kg diverted from landfill!
Some other projects to date
- The group previously won a grant from Oxford Council to conduct a plastic bag survey in the area with a view to reducing their use in the locality. During that year, it held 2 well-attended Bring and Takes, as well as organising a successful litter pick.
- In 2009, the group received a small grant to distribute a sticker which says ‘Take me with you’ to every household in West Oxford, which people can stick on their front door or car to remind them to take their reusable shopping bags with them.