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Life-sized art launches north London waste reduction week

Oct 11, 2009
Seven life-sized waste sculptures will be joining commuters at Saint Pancras Station this Friday (16th October) to launch the 2009 Watch Your Waste Week - an initiative designed to lower London's carbon footprint by reducing waste.

The sculptures, entitled 'A day in the life of', show a variety of everyday activities from getting up in the morning and cycling to work through to shopping and relaxing in front of the TV. They have been made by children aged between four and 11 from schools across London.

The sculptures, the brainchild of London artist Julie Beech, represent the amount of waste thrown away weekly by the average person which is approximately 5kg.

Over 560 children were involved in creating the art pieces to mark the start of Watch Your Waste Week which, organised by the North London Waste Authority, is running across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest from 17 - 25 October.

The aim is to highlight the growing amount of rubbish being thrown away and promote practical ways it can be reduced. The week forms part of a north London strategy to divert 80,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill by 2010.

A programme of fun bin-slimming events and activities will be taking place across north London during the week including:

  • a 'ditch 'n' switch' fashion swapping party
  • give or take days
  • nappy natters
  • compost workshops and give-aways
  • plastic bag amnesties
  • re-usable bag give-aways
  • compost give aways
  • waste free lunches at schools, and
  • school workshops.

The Watch Your Waste challenge will also be running throughout the week and over 250 residents, schools, and businesses are taking part in the challenge to reduce the amount of rubbish they produce over seven days.

As part of the challenge participants weigh their rubbish from a normal week, follow tips and advice on how to reduce it and then record the reduction at the end of the seven days. Last year participants that took part in the challenge reduced their waste by 50 per cent.

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Notes to Editors

For more information contact Rosie Elliott, Media and Marketing Officer, on 020 8489 1482 or rosie.elliott@camden.gov.uk.

Watch Your Waste Week ran for the first time in 2008 and was recently awarded best regional project/ initiative at this year's LARAC awards. It has also been short listed for best waste minimisation project at the national recycling awards.

In 2008 over 1,000 residents, schools and businesses cut their waste by up to 50 per cent, with 87 per cent of people making lifestyle changes as a result of taking part in activities throughout the week.

Watch Your Waste 2009 activities:

Saturday 17 October:

Autumn Doctor Compost
11am - 3pm
Composting advice, information on new subsidised composting units and 15 tonnes of free compost to be given away.
At: Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, Church Street, Hackney, N16

Give or Take Day
11am - 2pm
Give or take days are a great way to recycle - just bring along any reusable items your don't want any more and take away any that you do - for free.
Where: Hungerford Primary School, Hungerford Road, N7

Compost Give Away
8am onwards
Barnet Council will be giving away 10 tonnes of loose compost for free, as well as information about home composting. Residents will need to bring their own containers in which to collect the compost. There is a limited amount and compost will be given out on a first come first served basis.
Where: Civic Amenity and Recycling Centre, Summers Lane, North Finchley, N12 ORF

Supermarket Roadshows
Barnet Council will be delivering roadshows in supermarkets during Watch Your Waste Week. More information to follow.

Compost Give Away
10am - 2pm
Residents should bring their own containers or bags in which to take away the compost
Venue: Kings Road Recycling Centre, Kings Road, Chingford, London E4 7HR
2 metre height restriction at the site

Sunday 18 October

Give or Take Day
Giving from 11.30am to 1pm and taking from 1pm to 2pm.
Come along to this Give and Take Day themed around bulky waste. Furniture designer Ryan Frank will be volunteering his time on the day to run furniture restoration workshops and Forest Recycling will be providing reused paint for people to take away.
Where: Restore Community Projects, 18 Ashley Road, London N17 9LJ

Monday 19 October

Free Nappy Pack Give Away
From 19 - 23 October there are 10 real nappy packs to be given away for free to those parents registering a birth certificate during the week.
At: 2 Hillman Street, E8 1FB

Free Food Rescue Pack Give Away
From 19 - 23 October pick up a free food rescue pack. The packs contain fridge thermometers, bag clips, spaghetti measurers, tea towels and more to help reduce the amount of food we throw away.
Pick up from 2 Hillman Street, E8 1FB

Tuesday 20 October

Nappuccino (and a chance to use your nappy voucher)
Don't miss this opportunity to use your voucher to get a trial pack, buy real cloth nappies or just get some free advice.
Where: Manor Gardens Cafe, Manor Gardens, N7 6LA
This event is free, but places are limited.

Ditch 'n' Switch clothes swapping party
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Reduce waste and refresh your wardrobe! Bring along between 1 and 10 good quality items of clothing or accessories that others will want and then take the same amount away with you. No childrens' clothes please.
Where: Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, N5 IPF

Wednesday 21 October

Recycling: All you ever wanted to know
6pm - 8pm
Recycling in Islington - the challenge and what the council is doing about it. Matthew Homer, Islington Council's Head of Recycling talks about why waste is a problem, where our waste goes, waste and climate change and what you can do about it.
Where: i-recycle centre, 1 Cottage Road, N7 8TP
This is a free event. Booking recommended, but not essential. To book please call 020 7527 4462 or email sustainabilitycentres@islington.gov.uk

Compost Give Away
8.00 am onwards
Barnet Council will be giving away 5 tonnes of loose compost for free, as well as information about home composting. Residents will need to bring their own containers in which to collect the compost. There is a limited amount and the compost will be given out on a first come first served basis.
Where: Civic Amenity and Recycling Centre, Summers Lane, North Finchley, N12 ORF

Plastic Bag Amnesty
12.30pm to 3.30pm
Morning Lane, Tesco, Hackney
The recycling team will be asking shoppers with plastic bags to swap them for brand new 'Watch Your Waste' jute bags. Tesco will also be donating their own reusable bags at the stall. Only one per household.

Friday 23 October

Nappuccino
2pm - 3.30pm
To be held at Hackney City Farm, 1 Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
A retailer will be present to redeem free £54 real nappy vouchers which you can also apply for on the day. Places at the nappuccino are limited.

Real Nappy, Baby Clothes & Maternity Wear Swap
11am - 12.30pm
Do you have real cloth nappies, baby clothes or maternity wear that you no longer need? Or maybe you are on the look for some? Come along and get swapping!
Where: Waterlow Park Centre, Waterlow Park (Dartmouth Park Hill entrance) N19 5GF

Cultural Food Diversity Event
11am - 3pm
This year's Sebright Cultural Diversity Event focuses on food. It will include all different types of food from all over the world, a Love Food Hate Waste stall, displays about food from different cultures and healthy food as well as featuring recipes and a food quiz. A dietician will be on hand to provide advice on healthy eating, how best to eat a varied diet and diets for weight reduction. For children there will be fruit shape mask making, story telling and a colouring competition - all themed around food.
Where: Sebright Childrens' Centre, Haggerston Park, Queensbridge Road, E2 8NP

Real Nappy, Baby Clothes & Maternity Wear Swap
11am - 12.30pm
Do you have real cloth nappies, baby clothes or maternity wear that you no longer need? Of maybe you are on the look out for some? Come along and get swapping! For more information call Andrea Vasquez Lynch on 020 7974 7362 or email andrea.vasquez-lynch@camden.gov.uk Venue: Waterlow Park Centre, Waterlow Park, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF

Saturday 24 October

Compost Workshop
12noon - 1pm
Are you having problems producing fantastic compost, or just don't know where to begin? Come along to our composting workshop where an expert will be on hand to guide you through the process.
Where: Freighliners City Farm, Sherringham Road, N7

Compost Workshop
11am to 1pm
If you have a compost question that needs answering or just want to find out where to being then come along to our compost workshops where an expert will be on hand to provide advice and practical demonstrations. All age groups are welcome. Wheelchair access to building, limited access in part. Spaces are limited to Camden residents. No parking on site.
Venue: Camley Street Natural Park, Camley Street, London, NW1 0PW.

Give or Take Day
Giving from 11.30am to 1pm taking from 1pm to 2pm
Come along to this event to reduce the amount of reusable goods from ending up as waste. The theme will be textiles and feature a workshop on remaking old items of clothing.
Where: Bowes Park Primary School, Bowes Road, London, N11 2HL

Sunday 25 October

Recycling Stand
10am - 2pm
Want to know more about recycling and reducing your waste? Then come to the recycling stand on 25th October.
At: Selborne Walk Shopping Centre

Give or Take Day
Giving from 11.30am to 1pm, taking from 1pm to 3pm
A bicycle reuse themed Give and Take Day. Come along to this event to reduce the amount of reusable goods ending up as waste or simply to have your bicycle checked by a qualified mechanic.
Where: Sainsbury's Chingford carpark, 13 Hall Lane, London, E4 8HH