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Unfortunately. all the places to see A Plastic Ocean on 6 November have all been taken.

We expect some cancellations so if you’d like to go on the waiting list please send an email to bandhfoe@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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Containing Waste

Please+pledge_your_support_CRD_containers Cat Fletcher, waste guru, is running a crowdfunding campaign to buy 8 shipping containers to form a creative reuse hub for Brighton and Hove. She is founder and Head of Media for Freegle – UK’s biggest online free reuse community with over 2 million members and runs the Brighton Freegle group which facilitates reuse between 22,000 locals. She’s worked on the multi-award winning Brighton Waste House since 2012 sourcing ‘waste’ materials for its construction – it is now Europe’s only permanent public building built with waste. She’s also worked for the city council redistributing over 100 tonnes of their unwanted goods back into the community. This saved the council money and carbon, while helping residents, charities, artists and businesses in the process.

For the past few years she has benefited from free space at Circus Street old Market via the City Council and Cathedral Developments – allowing her to gather, assess, store and redistribute intercepted ‘waste’ – hundreds of tonnes of reusable materials and goods. However, the Circus Street site is being demolished this summer for redevelopment. So, she’s crowd funding to buy shipping containers to establish a permanent (but potentially mobile!) creative reuse depot.

Having operated pop-up reuse depots in many unused spaces around the city for the past 3 years, she has stacks of evidence about the positive impact this can have. When goods cannot be reused for their intended purposes she’s been able to connect with hundreds of projects, artists and enterprises who can upcycle, reprocess, repair and refurbish all this so called ‘waste’ and keep it in circulation and out of the waste stream. PRBH_CRD Getting a new secure depot would not only allow her good work to continue but it would help accelerate and improve this waste intervention service.  Hence the crowdfunder.

To find out more about the project, the rewards on offer see this very short film.

With just a week to go (the crowdfunder ends on 30th June) the project is already 75% funded, but it still needs that last push to help make it become a reality. Can you help make this happen? Pledges start from just £1 and you will be rewarded with cake. So what’s holding you back? Please back this great project.

Follow the project on Twitter @CityReuseDepot or like on Facebook

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Picnic to save Sussex valley

The Hastings Alliance is hosting a guided walk and picnic on Saturday 24 September. Come and have a lovely afternoon and learn more about the road that could devastate one of the most tranquil and beautiful valleys in the South East.

Final push for Energy Bill victoryThere are 3 new quick, easy and urgent actions on the Energy Bill, as we push for victory during its final stage:


Friends of the Earth are targeting councilsA new Declaration on Climate Change is being launched to help councils cut local carbon emissions. It could work well, but only if all councils sign up to ambitious targets. Please contact your council to support the email we sent them earlier this week calling for a strong Declaration.

Recent updates from the UN climate talksWe’ve updated our international campaigning resources section on the website , so you can find information quickly about the UN climate talks. To receive immediate information about the latest actions and events in the run-up to the next round of talks in Durban , sign up to our Global Action newletter .


TAKE ACTION

Ask Greg Clark MP for an improved planning frameworkThe Government has released its draft planning framework, setting out plans for future development. It fails to recognise that planning is not just about economic issues and could lead to unsustainable development.Take action before 17 October . Email localism@foe.co.uk for more information if you also wish to contact your MP.

Help support public transport over new roadsThe Department for Transport will soon make decisions on which local authority major transport schemes it will fund. Campaign for Better Transport would like to know about local schemes, like new roads that are opposed and public transport measures that are supported. More information .

Call for Fair Rail Fares nowYou’ve probably read that the Government is planning massive increases over the next few years. Friends of the Earth is part of the Fair Fares Now! coalition calling for a better deal for passengers. Add your name to the petition and contact your MP about this issue .

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Support call for tax on waste incineration

Friends of the Earth local group member and campaigner Keith Kondakor has set up an e-petition calling on the Government to introduce a waste incineration tax. Can you help Keith get to 1,000 signatures and more? For more information, see the Facebook page for this campaign.

Picnic to save Sussex valley

The Hastings Alliance is hosting a guided walk and picnic on Saturday 24 September. Come and have a lovely afternoon and learn more about the road that could devastate one of the most tranquil and beautiful valleys in the South East

Final push for Energy Bill victory

There are 3 new quick, easy and urgent actions on the Energy Bill, as we push for victory during its final stage:

Write to key MPs about fuel poverty.

Friends of the Earth are targeting councils

A new Declaration on Climate Change is being launched to help councils cut local carbon emissions. It could work well, but only if all councils sign up to ambitious targets. Please contact your council to support the email we sent them earlier this week calling for a strong Declaration.

Recent updates from the UN climate talks

We’ve updated our international campaigning resources section on the website , so you can find information quickly about the UN climate talks. To receive immediate information about the latest actions and events in the run-up to the next round of talks in Durban , sign up to our Global Action newletter

 

Ask Greg Clark MP for an improved planning framework

The Government has released its draft planning framework, setting out plans for future development. It fails to recognise that planning is not just about economic issues and could lead to unsustainable development.Take action before 17 October . Email localism@foe.co.uk for more information if you also wish to contact your MP.

Help support public transport over new roads

The Department for Transport will soon make decisions on which local authority major transport schemes it will fund. Campaign for Better Transport would like to know about local schemes, like new roads that are opposed and public transport measures that are supported. More information .

Call for Fair Rail Fares now

You’ve probably read that the Government is planning massive increases over the next few years. Friends of the Earth is part of the Fair Fares Now! coalition calling for a better deal for passengers. Add your name to the petition and contact your MP about this issue .

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Press  Release

Brighton & Hove City council is recycling less than it was in 2007[1] figures recently release by DEFRA show.

In 2007/08 the city was recycling nearly 29% of its household waste. However this year the City struggled to reach 27.5%. This is against a background of increased amounts of rubbish being thrown away by city residents.[2]

Overall every year England is producing less waste and recycling more[3] yet Brighton & Hove seems to be determined to buck this trend. The City’s waste strategy[4] highlights that 35% of our waste comes from food thrown away in the kitchen but still there is no clear plan for dealing with large amounts of kitchen waste.

The City’s Waste Strategy also shows that in addition to food waste; metal, garden waste, glass, paper and card[5] is still being thrown away rather than being recycled and composted. Yet instead of working to recycle more, the DEFRA statistics also indicate that as a City we are now sending more waste to incineration than we are recycling. Brighton & Hove now languishes at 319th out of 358 councils for recycling in the country.

Over the coming weeks Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth will be asking the council searching questions on what is going wrong with our recycling and composting. In particular we will be looking to find out what the climate change impact is of our current system and what the council is planning to do about improving this and our recycling and composting rates.

Alison Walters of Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth said:

“It’s a disgrace. The Council insisted that building the Newhaven incinerator would not limit recycling and composting, but rather than improving recycling rates we are falling well behind other parts of the country. It is shocking they are choosing to transport waste to incinerators across the SE England. Local people do not want to pay through the nose to send valuable resources up in smoke”.

 “City residents expect more from the council we should be increasing recycling and composting, not just throwing it all into incinerators. It’s about time the council stopped ignoring food waste and we had some serious composting action“

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CONTACT:

Alison Walters tel: 07779 634710

Notes to Editors


[2] Brighton & Hove City produced 107,586 tonnes of waste in 2008/09 and 108,443 in 2009/10

[3] DEFRA Waste Bulletin Key Facts:

  • The proportion of household waste sent for recycling, composting or reuse in 2009/10 in England was 39.7 per cent, increasing from 37.6 per cent in 2008/09.
  • The generation of household waste continued to decrease between 2008/09 to 2009/10, with a 2.7 per cent reduction to 23.7 million tonnes in 2009/10. Household waste generation has been decreasing annually since 2006/07.

[5] About 67% of what is left after recycling and a small amount of composting see Waste Strategy above

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Brighton Tops Food Waste Poll

Why Waste Food?
I was saddened to read 7th September article about the amount of food that is thrown away in the City (http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/8373558.Brighton_tops_domestic_food_waste_league/). Not only is it a waste of money but it will end up in a landfill site or an incinerator and blight other neighbourhoods as a result. Surely it would be better if as a City we can pull together a) to reduce our food waste and b) to get some serious composting going. Compost bins from the Council are a start but we need collections for those without gardens, the elderly and those who can’t compost themselves. I was delighted to hear that Magpie are starting vegetable waste collections in the Autumn but we need the council to take this to the next level.
I’m working with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership to see what we can do to prod the council into more a more proactive approach. Watch this space but with the incinerator due to come on line next year this may take some time.

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