This Saturday Sustainable Bungay's Give and Take Day at the Community Centre has a different "take" from previous events. As well as the main hall for swapping free stuff and enjoying refreshments at their Happy Mondays cafe, the local Transition crew have an additional “info room” where you can find out about all aspects of waste management. There will be several stalls run by “rubbish” organisations from Freegle to Waveney District Council. We are also delighted to welcome Karen Cannard of The Rubbish Diet and Jake Kerr from Canarchy who will instruct us all in the key essentials of personal and community recycling.
Jake Kerr explains how his crew tackle producer responsibility, but
also show consumers how much waste we create and make us face our
"Canarchy is direct action recycling. It
couples many years of experience in the recycling industry with a long
history of environmental activism. If you think the story is over when
you shut your wheelie bin then think again. The multi billion pound
waste industry and local and national government are only interested in
the money this industry generates, not how the final destination of the
waste stream impacts on the environment. In fact you are paying them to
take away valuable resources and then pollute the environment with
them. With the building of the new incinerators it’s becoming more
profitable for councils to actually recycle less.
Canarchy runs recycling schemes at festivals where
we are given groups of young volunteers to work with. We try and use
recycling and the politics of waste to educate them into
environmentalism and to inspire them to do something about it
themselves. We also run the recycling at local community events. We
find that people are much more open to our message after they have seen
us in action. We walk the walk and then we talk the talk.
We also are planning to use recycling and other practical green
skills, i.e. compost toilets, alternative power etc, to promote the
Transition message into local government agendas via their own Community Resilience initiatives. This is emergency planning that utilises community skills."
If you want to find out what happens to your rubbish after it
leaves your bin and what you can do about it, don’t miss Jake’s talk
with Q&A session afterwards. See you there!
Give and Take Day, Bungay Community Centre, Upper Olland Street, Bungay, Suffolk is on Saturday, 22 September, 10am-1pm. (bus from Norwich about 30 mins). Further details here. Talk by Jake Kerr is at 11.30am.
Images: processed and unprocessed cans; 18-point recycling at Sunrise Off-grid Festival, 2012
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