Over the next couple of weeks you'll be receiving information about the new bin service through the letter box. Look out for your leaflet about the chages. 

If you have any questions about the new waste service or how to use your food waste caddy we will be at a number of roadshows across the city. Please check our events page for a list of where we will be. 

Much of our household waste comes in the form of packaging. Here are some tips to cut down on excess packaging waste. 

  • Fruit and vegetables can be bought loose rather than in packets
  • Takeaway food containers can be washed out and used again to transport snacks or be used as lunchboxes
  • Foil wrap can be washed and re-sued. 
  • Wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and cards can be reused to make tags or other craft projects
  • Plastic egg boxes can be used as paint pallets 

Do you have a waste or recycling tips? We would love to hear your ideas on reducing waste you can email them to us at recyclingclub@coventry.gov.uk or tweet them to us using the tag @covrecycleclub 

Visit our home composting page fro more information about special offers available on food digester's and compost bins. 

 

 

International Compost Awareness week starts on May 7 to celebrate we'll be at Coventry Central Library May 10 between 12-4pm and at the War Memorial Park Educational Room May 13 between 10 - 2pm to talk to you about how you can get started composting. 

Thank you on behalf of our most recent good causes. We've been able to award Coventry Cyrenians £875, 33rd Aldermans Green Rainbow Unit £525 and St Catherine's Church £350. 

There are a number of ways you can reduce your waste out put at home.

Shopping lists are a great way to plan ahead and prevent you from buying things you may already have at home. 

Love food Hate Waste has a number of ways to help you combat your food waste including left over recipes and hints and tips. 

Did you know approximately two million tonnes of clothing waste is produced every year. Much of this waste could be reused. Before you throw something away consider if it can be resold, altered, swapped, given to charity or even reused as rags. 

You can also cut down on your paper waste by opting out of paper mailing lists. 

 

 

 

In September we offered each primary school in Coventry an educational workbook for every pupil in year five. The book focused on teaching children the importance of recycling and living sustainably and was produced by Skips Educational. 

The workbook featured a crossword competition there were many entries from accross the city. Our winner came from Manor Park Primary School

We recently visited Tyrese at school to present him his ipad mini and certificate. 

 

assist-Mi and CSWDC are excited to announce that the Coventry & Solihull Waste Disposal Company on Bar Road has joined the citywide assist-Mi app pilot, allowing disabled users the ability to request assistance in advance of turning up at the recycling centre.

The assist-Mi team have been working in conjunction with Coventry City Council to make their revolutionary disability access solution available at over 55+ service providers in the Coventry area including the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, the Central Library, all the Council Offices and the Belgrade Theatre.

The Recycling Centre is the latest service provider to join the pilot and it means that users are able to request assistance when turning up when recycling their unwanted items and waste materials. They are also able to view contact information for the site, and talk to staff via a two-way messaging functionality in the app.

CSWDC Managing Director Karl Starkey explained “we are thrilled to be able to offer the ability to better serve our customers that may need a little extra help with the assist-Mi app. We want everyone to be able to benefit from the services on offer the at the CSWDC”

Go Green Week will be happening 6 - 12 there are a number of events planned for the week. Visit the website for more information. 

We'll be at the Lower Precinct on March 11 along with some of our Master Composters. Come and talk to us about how to start composting and for information on what you can recycle at home.

 

Have you ever wanted to try something new? We'll be at the Central Library on 4 February to talk about home composting. Please see the poster below for more information. 

Thank you from Stoke Heath Older Peoples Club thanks to your donations they will receive £300 funding. 

If you have a child in year five we hope you've enjoyed our Dennis to the Rescue workbook. The books were design to help introduce primary school pupils to the importance of recycling. If you have had chance to make a Dennis the Dustcart we would love to see the results email or tweet them to us. 
 

Garden waste collection have restarted across the city. You can check when to put your bin out here.

Thank you from our recent good causes Coffee Tots received £750, Coventry Swimming Club £450 and the Positive Youth Foundation £300.

This year we are very thankful for our Master Composters who have helped us at a number of events across the city. We recently had an evening to celebrate Christmas and share ideas.

We'll be planning some more road shows in the new year to talk about both recycling and home composting. If you are looking to start composting we still have compost bins available for as little as £5 excluding p&p. 

Do you ever forget to put your bins out? Maybe you're sometimes unsure whether to put out the blue-lidded recycling bin or the brown-lidded garden waste bin? Or are you ever unsure whether you can recycle certain items of rubbish?

Your Rubbish, a new smartphone app has been developed by Coventry University in partnership with the Coventry City Council helps all residents living in Coventry know what, when and how to recycle and dispose of their waste.

  • Collection reminders - you can set up reminders so you'll receive a notification every week to remind you of which bins to put out, and when to bring them back in
  • What goes where? - an alphabetical list of common household wastes, with information about how to recycle or dispose of them
  • How to dispose or recycle other wastes
  • What items to put in each type of bin
  • Cancelled collections - if bin collections are cancelled for any reason, such as heavy snow, the app will let you know not to put your bins out

Your Rubbish can be downloaded for free from the iTunes app store for iPhone and iPad or the Google Play store for Android

Two weeks ago we held our first Master Composters social evening.  The evening was attended by five of our volunteer Master Composter and waste officers from the Council.

Garden Organic hosted the fun social evening, where Master Composters shared their stories and achievements, helped to plan future events and promotions, and gain a bit of extra knowledge. This time the training session focussed on weeds!

Refreshments and super made for a pleasant evening in the sun.

Are you are interested in becoming a Master Composter?

If the answer is yes then why not look out for our next recruitment drive coming this autumn.

It is estimated that around 39% of household waste in Coventry can be composted. Why not learn how to make your own compost, and help in the fight to reduce the amount of waste we produce.

This course is available to Coventry residents and is a great way to learn how to put biodegradable waste to good use. The Master Composter Programme operates as a partnership between Garden Organic and Coventry City Council, all training is fully funded by the Coventry Recycling Club.

As part of the program you are required to give back 30 hours of your time prompting composting in the community. This can be done by yourself or in support of Coventry Recycling Club events.

Maybe you have an event coming up you would like the Coventry Recycling Club and or Master Composters to attend. Why not email us at recyclingchampions@coventry.gov.uk.

As part of International Compost Awareness Week, Coventry City Council is encouraging more residents to get composting with a fantastic offer promoted in partnership with getcomposting.com.

Residents can purchase discounted compost converters from as little as £17.98 and with the fantastic “Buy One Get One Half Price” offer, residents can purchase a second compost converter from only £8.99 (RRP £39), a massive saving!

Home composting is an easy and effective way of recycling some of the daily waste we produce, while providing significant benefits for our gardens, reducing waste sent for disposal and improving our carbon footprint. It is simple to do and once you get started, you will be surprised at just how much daily household waste can be recycled. Home composting also has the added benefit of producing a FREE supply of top quality compost that will put some life back into the garden. 

Olivia Childs, Waste Incentive Officer at Coventry City Council said, “More than 30% of the average household waste can be composted and although many households already compost at home, we want others to get involved. This is a great incentive to encourage more residents to get composting and set up their own composting communities sharing the rewards. Home composting organic waste also helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions and can also be used as an effective and sustainable waste management method.” 

When garden waste is collected by Coventry City Council’s Waste team, it is taken to a local open windrow composting site in Brinklow and turned into soil improver. This is then used by farmers as an alternative to fertiliser. The process takes around 6 weeks. There are a range of compost bins and accessories available to suit new recruits and seasoned gardeners alike. For full details or to order visit www.getcomposting.com, or call 0844 571 4444. 

The buy one get one half price offer is available on selected products. A one-off delivery charge of £5.99 applies. 

Thank you for supporting Good Causes.

 
Together you donated 34,652 points. The results were:

The Enterprise Club for Disabled People - £625

1st Coventry (Allesley Village) Scout Group - £375

Peggy's Park Community Centre - £250

 

Jill Simms, General Manager at The Enterprise Club, was extremely happy that they were allocated funding by Recycling Club members. She said: “We are delighted that we have been so successful and we are surprised at the amount we are going to receive – this will be of tremendous benefit to our members. We find that some people who come here – particularly young people – can often feel lonely over Christmas when their schools and social groups have stopped, so we plan on using this money to put on more activities for our members to enjoy.”

 

Together you donated 74,011 points. The results were:

  1. Gosford Community Garden - 35,301 points - £750
  2. St Francis Church - 26,450 points - £450
  3. Highway Spartans Cricket Club - 12,260 points - £300

Laura, who works with Gosford Community Garden said "That is absolutely great news! Thank you so much. We can start work now on our next leg of the project!" 

The next set of good causes are now live and looking for your support.

 

You can now take your bike to the Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) any day of the week

Thanks to the success of the bike recycling project you can now recycle your bike whenever the Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) is open. You no longer have to wait until the last Saturday of the month.

Bikes dropped off at the Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) on London Road will be refurbished for re-sale in the community by Coventry City Mission to encourage more people to cycle by making it more affordable. Any profits will go towards Coventry City Mission's work.

For more information about the Recycling and Reuse Centre (including vehicle restrictions and booking) please visit www.coventry.gov.uk/tip

Together you donated 123,147 points. The results were:
  1. Coventry Godiva Guide Dogs - 77,767 points - £625
  2. Motorvate UK - 28,374 points - £375
  3. 27th City of Coventry Brownies - 17,006 points - £250

Coventry branch co-ordinator for Guide Dogs, Frank Lynn, said: "This is great news - I didn't realise we were so popular. All money raised locally is allocated back to the Coventry Mobility Team based in Leamington, however this donation will be used for a special project. As part of the Godiva Puppy Appeal we are running, we are going to name our next sponsored puppy 'Jimmy' after the legend that was Jimmy Hill, and this will kick start the name a puppy fund for 'Jimmy'.  'Jimmy' will be placed with a puppy walker locally, and in time, potentially form a guide dog partnership in the area as well, which will reduce the current waiting list for guide dogs in Coventry."

The next set of good causes are now live and looking for your support.

Your brown lidded bin is for your garden waste and is collected every two weeks between March and November

You can use your brown lidded bin to recycle organic waste from your garden. In this bin you can put:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge-trimmings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Leaves
  • Weeds and flowers
  • Straw and hay

If you're getting back in the garden this spring enter our latest competition to win a garden centre voucher.

Understand dates and take control

Dates on food labels are there to help us use food when it is safe and at its best. By understanding what the dates mean we can take control and make really effective use of the food we buy. 

Mixed Messages?

Confusion over date labels is common. Just under half of the good food and drink that we end up throwing away (worth £5.6 billion) is because we don’t use it in time: thrown away because it has either gone off or passed the date on the packaging.  By getting the dates to work for us, we can eat safely, take control, and also save money.

Hot Dates to Remember

The most important dates are the following:

  • The ‘Use By’ is there for your safety and is only found on foods where there is a safety risk.  Therefore food should not be eaten past this date, but it can be eaten or frozen right up to it.
  • The ‘Best Before’ date relates to quality – it will be at its peak condition at this time – food will still be safe to eat after the date, but it may not be at its best.

The ‘Sell By’ and ‘Display Until’ dates are just for the shops for internal stock control not shoppers so they can be safely ignored.

For hints, tips and recipes on how to make the best of the food that we buy and save up to £60 a month, visit lovefoodhatewaste.com.

We've linked up with Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire so your unwanted furniture and electrical items can be re-used and at the same time help formerly homeless people.

Items such as sofas, wardrobes and dining tables collected as part of the bulky waste collection service which are reusable, will sold in Emmaus’ shop on Red Lane raising vital funds for the charity.

The charity provides formerly homeless people, known as Companions, with a home, food, basic essentials and full time work. Items which cannot be sold will be recycled.

Cllr Lancaster, Cabinet member for Public Services, said: “For a small fee, residents can get rid of their unwanted pieces of furniture or electrical goods and these can be sold to benefit a great charity.

"Items don’t have to be in perfect condition either as the Companions will repair and restore items giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and raise the greatest amount of money for the charity. For safety, sofas and mattresses should carry the fire label to be able to be resold.”

When you book the service, if you say that the item is suitable for re-use and you are a member of the Coventry Recycling Club you will be awarded 100 points.

The bulky waste collection service operates six days a week (Monday – Saturday).  Up to five items costs £26.25 with 20% discount for people on qualifying benefits.

For more information and to book a collection visit www.coventry.gov.uk/bulkywaste

Thank you for supporting good causes

 

Together you donated 61,691 points. The results were:

Coventrians Football Club - 27,150 points - £625

Holbrooks Community Centre - 19,316 points - £375

Stoke Tenants and Residents Association - 15,225 points - £250

 

The next set of good causes are now live and looking for your support.

Master composters are volunteers who support and encourage others in their community to compost or start composting.

Anyone can be a master composter, you don’t have to be an expert as you will receive training in ‘how to compost'. We will support you as you spread the composting word through working in the community, talking to local groups, attending events and even encouraging family and friends to take up the challenge! We would like you to lead the way encouraging others to compost. 

Training is free and covers the basic elements of home composting and related environmental issues.

It’s not just training that you will receive, we will support you! You will receive a volunteer manual and updates, free Garden Organic membership, volunteer name badge, access to the compost website and a friendly voice at the end of the phone for support and advice. In return for your training we ask that you spend at least 30 hours a year promoting compost activities in the community. That's around 30 minutes a week!

To find out more and apply contact us 

Don't look at it as waste; your old garden debris has the potential to give you a free supply of top quality compost with very little effort.

Simply throw it into a compost bin and over the winter months it will rot down to produce environmentally friendly compost that when added to the garden will suppress weeds and retain moisture throughout the dry months.

Benefits of home composting:

  • It's easy to make and easy to use
  • Produces a free continual source of the very best compost
  • Improves soil structure
  • Maintains moisture
  • Helps the soil PH balance
  • Suppresses plant disease
  • Reduces the need for polluting bonfires
  • Reduces carbon emissions

To encourage residents to get composting we've teamed up with Getcomposting.com to offer home compost bins at special offer prices from only £17.98. There is also a buy one get one half price offer to purchase a second compost bin from only £8.99, a massive saving! There are exclusive offers on a range of other great green products, including water butts and garden accessories. To see what's available visit www.getcomposting.com or call 0844 571 4444.

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