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The Great Waste is a ground-breaking new project starting in March 2015 that will help prevent waste and increase the levels of recycling in Winchester District. The aim is to challenge the way we see waste and rubbish. If you start to see it as a resource and something that has value instead then hey presto! people start to pay attention to what happens to it.

The project, brainchild of Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change, will have events and activities running throughout the year which will engage everyone, including exhibitions, workshops, swap shops, talks and competitions.

The amount of waste produced is on the increase while the levels in recycling is dropping and this is a real concern. The whole population could have an incredible impact by reducing the amount of resources used, reusing or repurposing items or ultimately recycling or sending stuff to rot (composting).

We are encouraging all Winchester district organisations to get involved in the events and activities taking place this year, for example:
• Providing publicity for the Trash to Treasure exhibition or the Stuff or Happiness talks
• Book a free upcycling workshop at your work place or for local people
• Sponsor a prize for Re:Design, the fashion and product design competitions
• Hold a Swap & Swish event (swapping clothes and household items with friend and colleagues)

People really care about waste – get on board this year and get closer to your customers.
To find out more, contact Susie Phillips (WinACC) or visit the website

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