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Our Aims

RAISE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND AWARENESS

  • Encourage responsibility for our environment at a local level by respecting the natural cycles and organisms that keep the earth in balance.
  • We borrow our resources from the environment- we should return these to it & we squander them at our peril

HELP ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

  • All "waste" creates harmful emissions. Waste is collected and disposed of by road = emissions; biodegradable waste in landfill creates anaerobic decomposition producing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas 21 x more powerful than CO2.
    www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/greenhouse_gases.pdf
  • Note: BCCS uses a small amount of fossil fuel to power its sieve and shredder (approx half a gallon p.a.) but its work still has an impact on CO2 reduction.  An average of 7kg CO2 of emissions on a 20 mile round trip is saved; x an average of 2 trips per year per member (some walk but we know many others would make many more car/van trips p.a) for 130 members = 1.8 tons CO2 is saved. This is the equivalent of 46 trees grown from seedlings for 10 years, x the 10 years of our scheme = 460 trees. The following websites were used to make these approx calculations:
    http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html
  • Use our compost to replace peat. When peat is extracted and used in gardening the stored carbon is released as CO2, a greenhouse gas.
    http://www.idontdigpeat.org.uk/
  • Compost is a carbon sink
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080225072624.htm
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You can start having fun recycling at any age

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Horticultural students from Thomas Keble, our local secondary school, fill bags with leaf mould

RECYCLE AND REUSE WASTE LOCALLY

  • 34% of waste is kitchen and garden waste – this scheme reduces local green waste and produces a useable result

HELP INCREASE THE FERTILITY OF LOCAL GARDEN SOILS

Soil Analysis

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