As part of Green Routine 2013, Somerset Waste Partnership is offering training opportunities to help boost waste action in your community.
To help reduce food waste, we have teamed up with WRAP to bring the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign to your community.
You may also be interested in training provided by other organisations included in our Local Events page (charges may apply).
A great opportunity to get involved in reducing food waste
UK households alone waste £12 billion worth of good food and drink each year, costing the average family with children £680 a year, or around £50 a month. Most of this food and drink waste could have been avoided if only we’d eaten it in time, or knew how much food to prepare, and what we could do with our leftovers.
Love Food Hate Waste is a national initiative to try and address this issue. It offers practical tips about a range of food-saving measures, from planning to food portioning, and from better food storage to using up leftovers. More details can be found about this initiative at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.
If you would like to get involved, Somerset Waste Partnership is working with WRAP to offer a FREE training session for a range of Somerset groups and organisations, who wish to take an active role in reducing food waste.
The training covers the background and issues around food waste; the key behaviours to help reduce food waste; and support on engaging with others/passing the messages on. The training session lasts approximately 3.5 hours. The session is free but you do need to book your place.
Spaces are allocated first come, first served. Please register your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Bringing Love Food Hate Waste campaign to your community (FREE training – please book)
Williton held Monday 7 January
Yeovil held Friday 18 January
Taunton Saturday 19 January (postponed owing to snow)
Highbridge held Friday 22 March
Glastonbury held Saturday 23 March
Taunton held Saturday 6th April
Other dates for Love Food Hate Waste training courses in Somerset may be offered if there is enough interest. If you would like be notified of future Love Food Hate Waste training dates, please register your interest here (for future courses).
Could you be a Compost Champion?
Free one-day training is being offered early this year to Somerset residents who will undertake to promote the benefits of home composting in their community or at local events.
Organised by Carymoor Environmental Trust, the Compost Champions scheme is backed by Somerset Waste Partnership and Viridor.
Compost Champions visit events and give talks all over Somerset, sharing their expertise with the public and passing on practical hints and tips.
Almost a third of the waste produced from Somerset’s households could be home composted, transforming food and garden waste into a great free fertiliser.
Compost Champions make a big impact in reducing waste to landfill and really enjoy being out in the Somerset community, sharing their skills and making a real difference.
Since the scheme began in 2009, 40 volunteers have been trained as Compost Champions.
Home composting combines kitchen scraps – fruit and veg peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells – with cardboard, bedding and manure from vegetarian pets, and garden waste to create free mulch and soil conditioner.
Carymoor pays Compost Champions reasonable travel expenses, provides display materials and is available to give advice if needed.
The training day will be at Carymoor Environmental Trust, near Castle Cary, 10am-4.30pm, Saturday 23 February 2013.
For details or to book: 01963 350143 or email@example.com.