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NLWA celebrates European Week for Waste Reduction 2012

Nov 12, 2012
The North London Waste Authority, under the new Wise Up to Waste campaign, will be taking part in the European Week for Waste Reduction from 17-25 November 2012, to highlight the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling to minimise the amount of waste we produce.

Activities for both young and old will be taking place right across north London, all with the aim of showing that by making a few small changes, we can all do our bit to reduce the impact on both the environment and our communities of our waste. 

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the NLWA, commented: “The events taking place in the seven north London boroughs during the European Week for Waste Reduction are designed to highlight the impact of what we buy and use on the environment and help people see how we can all make simple changes to drastically reduce the amount of waste that we create. Producing less waste could help improve your community, save the planet, and save the pennies in your pocket.”

NLWA will be running a large programme of activities during the week to help local residents reduce their waste and save money:

Love Food, Hate Waste

Food waste forms one of the largest parts of the waste that the north London area produces. Indeed, the nation’s households throw away over 7.2 million tonnes of food waste every year. Wasted food is also a waste of money, and as food prices rise, and the recession bites, saving money on our food bills is becoming more and more important to us all. The average north London household could save up to £50 per month - just by wasting less food.

So, from 5th November to 2nd December Love Food Hate Waste will be out in the community again, promoting its message via roadshows and adverts in buses across north London. The roadshows and adverts will raise awareness of food waste and provide north London residents with practical tips for how they can reduce food waste and save money with interactive stalls and presentations about food waste reduction., A series of inspirational short films about food waste reduction will also be launched during the week, showing how you can Love Food and Hate Waste at home, in the shops, and in the community.

 You can find out more at

Let’s get Swishing

A recent survey also showed that textiles such as clothes and bedding make up 5% of north London’s waste, (that’s almost 45,000 tonnes) and in one year each person in north London throws away 27kg of shoes and textiles on average. To help tackle this issue, NLWA will be encouraging local residents to hold “swishing” parties.

Swishing is a great way to have a clear out and get a whole new wardrobe without spending a penny. The idea is to get together with friends, colleagues or neighbours to swap clothes, shoes and accessories. Swishing saves money, is a great way to meet people and is good for the planet.

NLWA has produced a swishing party guide which includes information and fun ideas on how people can hold a swishing party in their own community, university/college, home or office. The guide can be downloaded for free from the NLWA website at

Get Stuff for Free

Everyone agrees the best of price of all is – free! “Stuff for Free” events are giant community re-use events. There is a ‘give stuff’ period where people donate unwanted but reusable items followed by a ‘take stuff’ period where people can take any items that are useful to them. Details of our Stuff for Free event during the week are:

  • Give stuff - Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 November, 11am to 4pm
  • Take stuff - Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November, 11am to 4pm

You don’t have to give something to take something, and there will also be information stalls and free, fun activities. Join us at Connaught School, Connaught Road, Leytonstone, Waltham Forest, E11 4AB

Let's Wise Up to Waste

NLWA’s Wise Up to Waste road show will be at the Kingsland Shopping Centre, Dalston, E8 2LX at the beginning of the week, on Saturday, November 17, between 11am and 5pm. Come and talk to us about waste and recycling issues, get free stuff, and if you complete our survey get the chance to win £150 in Ticketmaster vouchers. Visit for more information.

Say NO to junk mail

Last but certainly not least, north London households receive around 650 pieces of unwanted or “junk” mail each year. In north London this is equivalent to 18kg of waste per household (or over 12,500 tonnes across the area), so we’re also saying “NO” to Junk Mail’ with a new downloadable information pack highlighting issue of receiving unwanted mail and giving residents the tools to reduce the amount of junk mail they receive. Residents can request a free copy of the ‘Say “NO” to Junk Mail’ action pack which includes a ‘No Junk Mail’ letter box sticker free from

The European Week for Waste Reduction is supported by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission and takes place from 17 to 25 November 2012. For further information on the activities taking place over the European Week for Waste Reduction, visit NLWA’s website at

Love Food Hate Waste roadshows will be held at the following locations:

Sainsbury's supermarket

Walthamstow Library
High Street 
Sainsbury's Tottenham Superstore

HCC Cookery Students Presentation
Hackney Community College
Morrison’s Stamford Hill
Asda Southgate Circus Superstore
Hendon Library
The Burroughs