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  • Nearly 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging are thrown away by UK households every year, and just 12% recycled in the UK., The Big Plastic Count (Jul 12, 2022) — The Big Plastic Count has revealed that 88% our household waste is being burnt, buried and dumped overseas.

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Map of Potential, Existing and Prevented Incinerators, United Kingdom Without Incineration Network

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  • Recipro, helps community and charity projects looking for building materials
  • Reuse It Yourself, information on setting up a building material reuse enterprise
  • Reuseful UK, charity that promotes and supports creative reuse
  • How to Set Up a Repair Event in Your Community, July 2015 Make Do And Mend
  • How to...Organise a Swish! August 2015 Make Do And Mend

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If we want a cosmolocal revolution, writes Benjamin Still, we must learn from how soil binds the world together. Jan 23[1]...Frome community action news


Repairing and reusing household goods could create thousands of green jobs across the UK, Aug 4[2]

The repair shop trying to fix throwaway culture, Jul 26[3]...Glasgow community action


Record-Breaking Day of Repairs Proves Good for Wellbeing.[4] Feb 27


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The library of things: could borrowing everything from drills to disco balls cut waste and save money?[5]Apr 24...Oxfordshire

'Right to repair' gathers force.[6] Jan 9...Climate news 2019

Going plastic-free: The rise of zero-waste shops.[7] Jan 5...Wales news


ShareFest brings people together to share, repair, swap and make.[8] Dec 7...Totnes


Make supermarkets and drinks firms pay for plastic recycling, say MPs, Dec 22[9]

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Every town needs a remakery, Mar 15[10]...Edinburgh

Wales recycling efforts shine on the world stage, Mar 13[11]

How Farnham UK's Repair Café Takes a Bite Out of Waste, Feb 23[12]...Surrey


UK consumes far less than a decade ago, according to official government figures. Feb 29[13]


Repair and Re-use Resources, September 10[14]

Where to Learn Really Re-Useful Skills, September 8[15]

The Journey of Setting up a Reuse and Repair Centre – a solution for a circular economy, January 16[16]


The rise of mending: how Britain learned to repair clothes again, May 19[17]

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September 7 - 13 Zero Waste Week

May 3 - 9 International Compost Awareness Week

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Wikipedia: Recycling in the United Kingdom

  • Freegle, British organisation that aims to increase reuse and reduce landfill by offering an Internet-based service where people can give away and ask for things that would otherwise be thrown away. It is free to use and works in a similar way to the international Freecycle. W
  • Freeworld-Recycling, an organisation dedicated to 100% free & local community recycling, salvage and reuse of household items
  • The Restart Project, London-based social enterprise aiming to revive electronics repair in order to reduce waste
  • Waste Watch, non-profit, sustainability organisation based in the UK, inspiring people to live more and waste less. Waste Watch aims to improve well-being and the environment on a local and global level, by changing the way we live; such as the ways we produce, buy, use and dispose of things. The organisation primarily works with community groups, businesses, schools and other not-for-profit organizations. W

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