The West Midlands Showground - and the Shropshire County Show - are supporting the Zero Waste Scheme in 2018, which means you will see some colourful bins at the event in May.
With thousands of people pouring through our gates and enjoying the food, drink and products on offer throughout the day, the show creates a lot of waste.
We have a keen interest in looking at the environmental impact of our actions now and going forward, so we have partnered up with Cwm Harry, based in Powys, who will be providing recycling bins as part of their Zero Waste scheme.
Cwm Harry has a series of enterprises, many of which are very much themed around the countryside and agriculture - which of course is right up our street.
The lottery-funded Cultivate project has regular volunteer days and those involved build wooden raised beds to be placed on any surface, providing an instant garden in locations such as at the railway station, and there are tools, seeds, plants and advice available at each site for people who want to be able to grow food for themselves without the daunting task of going it alone in an allotment.
Cwm Harry also took on the running of one of the UK’s first community owned farms three years ago (Ffarm Moelyci). The idea is to combine growing good food with nurturing strong communities, not only giving others the chance to have a hand in sustaining the 340 acres covered by the farm, but also offering the opportunity to hire space for businesses either on a permanent basis for those looking to relocate their office or for conferences or meetings. There’s also a kitchen which can be hired and a barn perfect for parties and events.
Zero Waste aims to reduce waste by inspiring communities to think about reuse and recycling. They’re inspiring community action and building a network of people who are taking responsibility for their own waste and the waste of others around them.
Examples include Presteigne and Norton on the border, where the community took on the zero waste challenge and reduced the amount they sent to landfill by 60 per cent while achieving a 75 per cent recycling rate.
For more information about Cwm Harry’s enterprises, you can contact them through their website.
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