Complete the Cycle is the first national recycling and recovery scheme for respiratory inhalers. The scheme is an easy and convenient way to recycle inhalers, which helps to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Complete the Cycle gives you an easy way to make a difference to the environment and allows you to breathe new life into your old inhalers.

All you need to do is locate your nearest participating pharmacy, hospital or dispensing doctor, then simply hand in your empty, out of date or unused inhaler to a participating pharmacy.

TerraCycle® and Walkers® have partnered to create a free recycling scheme which accepts all crisp packets. Once received by TerraCycle®, your crisp packets are sorted and separated by material composition. The separated items are then cleaned, shredded, and made into new recycled products. Learn more about the recycling process.

You can drop-off your used crisp packets at public drop-off locations across the UK and Ireland.

Why not get involved today and earn TerraCycle® points for the local good cause of your choice? Almost anywhere can be set-up as a public collection point, including shops, supermarkets, community centres and schools etc. Simply register by joining the programme and filling in a application form.

They are also offering reward points, which means you could help raise money for local good causes.  

 

The summer sun is performing its last dance of the year and our gardens will soon become wastelands of winter, but before the snow starts to fall, it’s time to take autumn by the bronzed leaves and get out there, prune, trim and prepare the garden for next year. So, what should you do with all the extra garden waste? GetComposting of course!

You really shouldn’t look at it as waste; your garden debris has the potential to give you a free supply of top-quality compost to get your garden blooming next year, 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. • Helps to divert organic waste from landfill. • Reduces refuse collection costs.

To encourage residents to get composting, Coventry City Council has teamed up with Getcomposting.com to offer compost bins at special prices from only £18.50. 

There is also a buy one get one half price offer to purchase a second bin from only £9.25, a massive saving! Getcomposting have exclusive offers on a range of other great green products, including special offer water butts with buy one get one half price and a selection of gardening accessories.

To see what’s available in your area visit www.getcomposting.com or call 0844 571 4444.

                                                                                 

Studies commissioned by Knorr and environmental charity Hubbub, found that in the UK, eight million pumpkins are binned after Halloween, the equivalent of enough pumpkin pie to feed the entire nation! 

If you buy a pumpkin, eat the flesh. Hollow out the pumpkin as much as possible to create a thin layer of flesh, which will help give you more flesh to eat. Even the seeds can be eaten. Anything that can’t be eaten such as the hard skin and stem, should be composted at home or placed in the garden bin for recycling. There are two ways you can compost your pumpkin; 

Without a compost bin

# Smash the pumpkin into pieces or use a spade to chop it up.

# Find a shady spot in your garden and dig a hole big enough to fit the pieces.

# Place pumpkin into the hole and cover it with soil. Nature will take over and rot it down nicely, fertilising the soil.

With a compost bin

# Smash up the pumpkin or use a spade to chop it up.

# Place the pumpkin pieces in the bin.

# The pumpkin has a high water content so you will need to balance this out with some dry materials. Leaves are great, but if you are without leaves you can substitute with cardboard, egg boxes or scrunched up newspaper.

# Let nature do its work and rot the pumpkin down to some great home compost to be used in the spring. 

Check out Gordan Ramsay's Punmkin Soup below enlightened

                                                   

 

The Recycling Club receives quite a few emails asking what happens to plastic bottles once they are collected. A special feature of the Materials Recycling Facility we use is their advanced process for sorting recycled plastics. They use technology to separate polymer types – PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and HDPE (High Density Polyethylene).

They make sure that PET bottles are separated out and sent to re-processors to make new plastic bottles. This is called “closed-loop recycling”. This is the process by which waste is collected, recycled and produced to make something new. Effectively, the waste does a full circle without having a negative impact on the environment.

They also process other types of plastics: cleaning it, ensuring it is free of waste material and shredding it into “flakes”. The plastic flake is then ready for manufacturers to use to make new products.

Reuse - an item’s life should be extended by using it and reusing it as much as possible or donate your unwanted items to give them a new lease of life.

Together we can do even more to reduce, reuse and recycle. Whether you use reusable shopping bags, compost at home or buy products with less packaging. It’s estimated that up to 90 per cent of what we throw away is recoverable, and could be used for something else. The best way to deal with waste is by not producing it at all. There are many ways of reducing the amount of waste we produce and the energy we consume.

Photo: A sound wall put together by a Tile Hill mum for her two year old daughter - Email us any photos of items you have given new life too!  See the following websites below to see some great examples of re-using.

Reuse Glass Bottles In A Creative Way

Home Items You Can Reuse Over and Over Again

This once-loved cuddly teddy bear is set to end its days in landfill, despite being placed in a recycling bin.

It’s another sad end to a beloved toy, wrongly placed in the recycling bin. It could have been sent to a new home at a charity shop. We can't recycle toys not even teddy bears. Pre-loved toys can bring delight to other children. You could even try and sell them, below are some ideas that you could do with unwanted toys;

NCT Sales  ~  You don’t have to be a member.

Charity shops  ~  Check out your local high street.

Car boot sales  ~  See your local paper.

Jumble sales  ~  Ask at your local church or look in the paper.

eBay  ~  Online site of classified ads.

Preloved  ~  Online site of classified ads.

Freecycle  ~  A free site where you can post ads for items you want to give away.

Teams4u Shoebox appeal  ~  Check them out on Facebook (small toys only - must fit in a shoebox)

The team will be carrying out a bin 'stickering' campaign in some areas of the City to help try and tackle the higher levels of contamination.

The stickers that will be placed on top of the blue lidded recycling bin are designed to highlight some of the 'worst offending' items that are incorrectly put into recycling bins which can be dangerous or contaminate other items,  making them unsuitable for recycling too.

The items highlighted to residents are nappies, food waste, clothes and bedding and polystyrene  – none of which should ever go into recycling bins.

If you see us, come and say hello! 

 

 

 

Unfortunately due to lack of funding, we can no longer support good causes.  The point system has now been removed from the website. However, we will be still running competitions in the run up to Christmas, which you have the chance of winning Love to Shop vouchers. 

Your Waste Education Team were at the RWM (Recycling Waste Management) Expo today. The Expo is the UK’s leading trade show for recycling and waste management; providing the biggest platform for the latest innovations shaping the sustainability sector.

  

Practically the entire sustainability and environmental industry meets at the NEC, Birmingham, boasting exemplary seminar schedules delivering expert advice, live demos of pioneering new technology as well as hundreds of market leading companies coming equipped with their finest solution led products and services.

Alongside a notable speaker line up, including NASA, TerraCycle, Costa Coffee, Keep Britain Tidy, Procter & Gamble, Coca Cola, The Co-Op, BBC Studios, and Clean Up Britain patron Jeremy Paxman; this year is set to be bigger than ever with the launch of new features like the dedicated Waste Tech Theatre, the evolution of the Zero Emissions Zone, and the return of Materials World.

At the moment Coventry City Council cannot recycle plastic carrier bags, this includes black bags.  When the wrong items or non-recyclable items are placed in your blue lidded bin, we refer to this as contamination. The crew will tag the bin advising why it cannot be collected.  You may have to wait until your next collection day to get your bin emptied.

We are finding bottles and cans inside of plastic bags in recycling bins. Items for recycling should never be placed in a plastic bag. Council recycling collections are limited to items that are accepted at the recycling sorting facility. Plastic bags are one of the most problematic items at recycling centres. The sorting staff simply don't know what's inside so the whole bag is rejected and sent to landfill.

Find out what can and cannot go into your blue lidded recycling bin and your brown lidded garden bin.

Residents are reminded that overfilled bins like the one below cannot be emptied. You can request an additional blue or green lidded bin.

If you are asking for an extra green-lidded bin, please note that we only provide extra green-lidded bins for houses with six or more people living there, five or more people including a child/children in nappies, or where a resident has a medical condition that causes the production of extra waste. If you qualify for an additional green-lidded bin you will be given a small (140 litre) bin. You will only be given an additional bin where we are confident that every reasonable effort is being made to recycle or compost.

If you are asking for an additional blue-lidded bin (recycling) or brown-lidded bin (garden waste) we will provide these free of charge.

Each request for an additional bin will be assessed individually and a visit may be carried out by a waste officer to confirm your application. Applications will only be accepted by those living in the property, i.e. property owners or tenants, not landlords.

One of the most common complaints we hear about recycling is that the on pack logos and symbols on supermarket packaging is confusing. However, the new environment secretary has pledged to introduce a clearer labelling system for packaging to inform people what can and cannot be recycled.

A study by the consumer group ‘Which?’ found that only half of supermarket packaging such as glass, cardboard and plastics could be easily recycled. The consumer group has called on the government to make labelling of packaging simple, clear and mandatory, and ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to make it easy for everyone to recycle, regardless of where they live. The current system, involving dozens of symbols is confusing and can be one of the factors holding back the recycling rate, which has stalled in England at around 45 per cent.   

To read the full press release from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Garden and food waste collected from households in Coventry is taken to an In-Vessel Composter (IVC) treatment site at Ufton, near Southam.

IVCs treat the material and ensure that composting takes place in an enclosed environment, with accurate temperature control and monitoring. The material is turned into compost to be used as a soil conditioner in as little as two weeks. In comparison, this takes around three months using traditional outdoor composting.

The composted material is used for agricultural use and land fill site restoration.

However, there is still quite a lot of bins that have been contaminated with plastic bags. You can put your food waste directly into your green bin or buy compostable bio bags from various supermarkets as well as online stores like Amazon and Ebay.

You may have noticed that we have been a bit quiet lately.... That's just about to change! 

A brand new team has been put together to help tackle the issue of recycling in Coventry.  Nicki and Dale have joined the recycling education team; so keep an eye on the website and twitter feed @Covrecycleclub.... it's all about to jump alive!  Remember to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle :-)

While more and more of us in Coventry are recycling there are still other items we should be thinking about. Many of us recycle items from our kitchen without thinking about it but there are many things from our bathroom we can recycle to.

Try placing a bag or second bin in your bathroom or hanging a bag on the back of the bathroom door to collect empty shampoo and toiletry bottles, cardboard boxes or empty toilet roll tubes these items will soon mount up and can be recycled as part of your blue lidded bin collection. 

We’ve recently been to a number of schools to talk to students about the three R’s but have you ever wondered what do they actually mean? 

Reduce - when we talk to students about rubbish we often ask them to start by reducing their waste. A good example of this is the use of reusable shopping bags as a means to reduce the amount of plastic they are using. However there are many other examples of things you can do. When out shopping especially for food it can be useful to make a list of what you need to buy to reduce the purchase of unnecessary items.

Reuse – Many items can be reused before being thrown away. Water bottles can be refilled and taken to work and school. Glass jars are great storage solution. An old envelope can be used for writing a shopping list before going food shopping.

Often items of clothing or furniture that are still in good condition can be resold or donated to charity.

Recycle is last step in the three R’s process. Ensuring items that can be recycled go into the right bin ensures they can be made into something new.

 

Plastics

With so many different types of plastics on the market knowing which can go into your blue lidded recycling bin can be confusing here is a handy guide to help you.

Plastic Bottles

The types of plastic bottle you can recycle include:-

Milk bottles, drinks bottles for example water, smoothies and fizzy drinks, cleaning product bottles including those with spray nozzles, skin and body care bottles, detergent and hand soap bottles (please remove the pumps first we can’t recycle those).

Please rinse bottles out before recycling them this will prevent contaminating other items in your bin with residues.

Other plastics you can recycle include

Pots for example they may have held yogurts, deserts or soups

Tubs, for butter/other spreads or, ice creams

Plastic trays or punnets for meats, fish, fruit & vegetables remember to remove plastic films or absorbent pads from the bottom of trays before recycling them.   

Often plastics can be numbered this helps to identify the type of polymer they are made from. A general rule for your blue bin is if the plastic held a food or drink it can be recycled as part of your blue lidded bin collection these are traditionally types 1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET)  and  type 2 high density polyethylene (HDPE)

 

 


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If you have any questions about composting at home you can come and talk to us Wednesday 9th of May at the Central Library in the city centre 11:30 - 15:30. 

We'll also be at the Retail Market Friday 11th of May 9.30 - 11.30

We asked one of our master composters for some feedback on how they were getting on composting. Here's what they had to say... 

"Here is a photo of my lovely compost! I got the Green Johanna composter last November and, hey presto, here is the lovely compost. It is quite chunky so I could sieve it if I needed it to be finer. A really good sign is that it was absolutely packed full of worms, big and little. That means the adult worms must have found it suitable to breed in. A compost full of life means it will be great stuff for the garden."

"I planted some Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli seedlings in it.  Fingers crossed they grow bigger before the slugs find them!"

 

 We will be at the sustainability market at the Lower Precinct on Saturday 10th March 9am - 5pm. Come and ask us your questions about recycling and home composting.


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Since the introduction of plastic bag charges the use of single  use carrier bags has decreased more than 85% this is fantastic news. Keeping reusable bags in your car boot or work bag is a great idea for cutting down unnecessary plastic waste. There are a number of options available for reusable bags as they come in a range of materials and sizes.

Another tip while out shopping is avoiding any unnecessary Buy One Get One Free offers ensuring items can be used before they go off which will cut down on both food and packaging waste. 

Reuse drinks bottles to cut down on plastic waste. 

Charity shop will often except donations of furniture, toys and clothing if they are still in good condition. Pre-loved items can even be sold or given away through a number of different website. 

If you have questions about recycling or composting you can come and talk to us. We will be at

Bell Green Library Thursday 1 February 9:30 - 11:30

Coventry Market Friday 2 February 9:30 - 11:30

Central Library Saturday 17 February 11:00 - 15:00

Central Library Monday 19 February 13:00 - 16:00 

 

We were recently able to undertake a talk about recycling to a group of individuals through the Carers Trust.

If you would like more information about recycling contact us by emailing recyclingclub@coventry.gov.uk 

There are a number of items that you can recycle at home from your kitchen.                                   

Food Waste ~ You can now recycle your food waste using your food caddy. All your cooked and uncooked food waste can go into your caddy. The caddy can be lined using a compostable liner or newspaper alternatively you can put food straight into it. Once your caddy is full empty it into your brown lidded bin.

Know your dates - A lot of food is thrown away across Britain making sure you know the difference between what dates mean on food labels as it is really important and can help you waste less.

"Use by" - is used for safety guidance. Food should not be eaten after its use by date as there is a safety risk. It can however be used or frozen right up until this date to be used at another time.

"Best Before" is used as a guide in relation to the items quality, you can eat something after this date however it may not be at its best.

"Sell By" or "Display Until" are for the retailers’ reference and refer to internal stock control.

Further information on making the best use of leftover food can be found be visiting love food hate waste.

Cardboard - Including cereal boxes, washing powder boxes, cardboard sleeves all can go in your blue topped bin ready to be recycled. You can also recycle Takeaway Pizza boxes as long as there is no food left in them and the card isn't greasy.      

Glass bottles / Jars - Rinse any glass before you recycle them. Lids and tops can be left on however corks should be removed. Natural cork can be composted by slicing it thinly and placing on a compost heap.

Plastic Bottles, Butter and Margarine tubs - Many plastics can be recycled including bottles tubs and trays. Remember to wash and squash any  plastic items this will make more room in your recycling bin. Plastic films however need to be disposed of in your green lidded household waste bin.

Metal cans and tins - Metal food tins including pet food tins, larger tins used for storing biscuits and sweets can also be recycled. Drinks cans can also be recycled.

There are so many things you can do to reduce, reuse and recycle at home. Starting in your living room 

There are a range of items that can be recycled from your bathroom including 

  • Product leaflets made from paper and cardboard
  • Toilet roll tubes can be recycled or can be reused to plant flowers and seedlings. The rolls are compostable so can be planted straight into the ground eventually breaking down. They are also a great item to add to your compost heap. 
  • Empty glass bottles can be recycled. Any unused, unopened and out of date medicines should be returned to pharmacies for safe disposal.
  • Plastic shampoo and shower gel bottles can be recycled however please rinse and squash them before placing them in your bin. 

Top tip: to try and help you recycle more items from your bath room try hanging a small reusable bag off a coat hook. Fill it with all your recycling waste then transfer to your blue bin once full. 

Your new waste collection service will start next week. Please read through your new waste collection calendar carefully as your collection day may have changed. You can also now compost your food waste in your brown lidded bin all year round. Simply use your food waste caddy to separate all your food waste and once the caddy is full empty it into your brown lidded bin. You can line your caddy with a compostable liner, sheet of newspaper or alternatively put the materials loose into your brown lidded bin.

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 @covrecycleclub 

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

 

 

 

Go Green Week will be happening between the 6th - 12th of March this year. There are a number of events planned for the week. 

We'll be at the Lower Precinct on March 11th 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.

 

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

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 across the city. Our winner came from Manor Park Primary School

Photo: 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”

 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.

 

 

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

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. 

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. (Photo left)

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.

 

 

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.

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

 

 


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. 

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

       

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

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.

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.  The bulky waste collection service operates six days a week. Monday to 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

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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