Wiltshire Wildlife Trust encourages waste-free Jubilee celebrations

Thu, 31-05-2012

As we approach the Diamond Jubilee weekend and a cornucopia of street parties and celebrations, the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is challenging Wiltshire residents toi have a food-waste free event. 

The Queen’s 60 years on the throne coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. It plans to make the most of its birthday to raise funds so it can continue its work for the next 50 years.
 
“The Big Jubilee lunch is a great idea for getting together with your neighbours to celebrate and with a little bit of forward planning the events needn’t cause any unnecessary food waste,” says the Trust’s Waste Minimisation Officer, Emma Croft.
 
“It’s also an ideal opportunity to take on our £50 Challenge to raise money for our work. For every £1 we receive, 78p is spent directly on looking after Wiltshire’s wildlife and natural habitats.”
 
The Trust works alongside Wiltshire Council to encourage people to throw less away, and the national "Love Food Hate Waste" campaign offers a multitude of hints and advice on how to minimise food waste in everyday life. The campaign is also an official supporter of the "Big Jubilee Lunch". 
 
“Food and drink waste is damaging to the environment because producing, storing and getting the food to our homes uses a lot of energy and resources – all of which are wasted when it gets binned. And most of this reaches landfill sites where it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas,” says Emma Croft. 
 
Thomas Minter, Director of Malaby Biogas said: "We are pleased to see the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust actively encouraging the minimisation of food waste during the Jubillee celebrations. As winners of their Corporate Green Awards and an active participant in community outreach on issues surrounding land fill diversion and food waste management, Malaby Biogas wholeheartedly supports this initiative.
 
The Bore Hill Farm Biodigester in Warminster, Wiltshire is one of the first food waste digester plants in the country built specially to process food waste. By combining the reduction of food waste creation and the recycling of food waste to create zero carbon fertiliser and renewable energy it is possible to divert all food waste from landfills. It is a great green asset to Wiltshire’s economy and provides real world action towards building a more sustainable future."
 
In the UK more than 7 million tonnes and £12bn worth of good food and drink is wasted every year just from our homes. 
 
The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has created a fundraising pack containing ideas, information and templates so that everyone can support it in its special year. It can be downloaded at www.wiltshirewildlife.org/get_involved