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Imagine a zero waste city, where everyone recycles, where the streets are clear of litter, where businesses and residents reject the throw-away society...

Imagine a city that is renowned for its careful use of materials and resources, where each community has a repair café, libraries for tools, equipment and toys as well as books, and regular events for swapping clothes and household goods. A city whose businesses and organisations commit to changing their processes to minimize waste, and work with others to find new uses for unwanted materials. A city where everyone avoids over-packaged goods, where all retailers offer free water and discounted teas and coffees if you bring a refillable container.

We believe that Bristol can be such a city. Bristol was the first city in the UK to set up a kerbside collection system for a wide range of recyclable materials and has led the way in developing innovative reuse and repair schemes.

Key areas for action

For five key areas for action and more detail on the above, please see Our Future: A Vision for an Environmentally Sustainable Bristol.

How can your organisation help?

  • Consider how you could improve the resource efficiency of your products and processes;
  • Make sure you separate recyclables and food waste from your general waste and use a specialist recycling collection service;
  • Could you have a home composter for uncooked waste food, coffee granules and tea bags and use the compost to grow flowers or salads for your staff?
  • Encourage all your staff to use the council’s recycling services, support the Clean Streets campaign and give reusable items to charities and reuse organisations;
  • Consider reusing office furniture and equipment. If you do have things to dispose of see if you can find a home for them. Use Bristol ReUse Network to find out what opportunities there are.
  • Could you run a swap shop or clothes swapping event at your place of work?
  • Incorporate actions to make Bristol a Zero Waste city in your own organisation;
  • If you are a retailer or food outlet, register as a refill point with Refill Bristol and consider offering discounts for people with a refillable container.

Join the Partnership

There will be many more opportunities for your organisation to contribute, and to stay up-to-date about these and other ways to be involved related to Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s four other themes (Energy, Food, Nature, Transport), sign up as a member here.

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