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- Recycling at the Pavilion
- Recycling at the Village Hall
- Recycling at the School
- What goes in my green bin
Ladies Clothes Swap and Social Evening Tuesday 24th May 7:30 – 9:30pm in the Village Hall. For more details see Ladies Clothes Swap and Social Evening
There are three new schemes for recycling at the pavilion: coffee wrappers, hair care packaging and L.O.L Surprise. See below for details or download the full list here.
We now have a collection point for CLEAN aluminium foil at the Village Hall. It’s in the recycling store at the front next to the waste bins, along with the battery and ink cartridge collection points. We raise money by recycling some printer cartridges (mainly HP and Canon), which pays for the ethical recycling of the others, so please do keep providing your ink cartridges.
Any foil left will be taken by volunteers to the nearest collection points at Sainsbury’s in Tadley. Please make their lives easy by only leaving clean foil.
Buy Nothing Silchester
Buy Nothing Silchester is an active Facebook Group exclusively for Silchester residents to give, lend or share. For more details see the Silchester Association.
Recycling in and around Silchester
There are lots of local recycling opportunies. Many people in the village have mentioned that, while they support the idea of recycling, they find it difficult to work out what is supposed to be recycled and where. Download our A-Z of recycling A – Z local recycling (Apr 2022) or scroll down for a full list.
Library of Things
We would like to set up a Library of occasionally used things (e.g. tools for the occasional DIYer, breadmakers, novelty cake tins) that would be available for Silchester residents to borrow rather than buy. If this would be of interest, or if you would like to help set this up, please let Sustainable Silchester know.
Reduce and Reuse
Recycling is great, but the gold standard is to re-use so that there is nothing to throw away. Why not give refillables a go – see our blog on Getting Started with Refillables?
How much carbon?
According to the Impact Community Carbon Calculator the average house in Silchester emits 7.89 tCO2e every year in buying goods and services
“First, a new-born stuff is displayed in shiny packaging on a shelf in a shop. At this stage, stuff is called ‘goods’. As soon as the stuff is taken home and sheds it’s packaging it undergoes a transformation from ‘goods’ to its second form ‘clutter’. This clutter lives with its owner for a period of months or years. During this period, the clutter is largely ignored by its owner, who is off at the shops buying more goods. Eventually, by a miracle of alchemy, the clutter is transformed to its final form ‘rubbish’. To the untrained eye it can be difficult to distinguish this ‘rubbish’ from the highly desirable ‘good’ that it used to be. Nonetheless, at this stage the discerning owner pays the dustman to transport the stuff away.”
David MacKay Sustainable Energy – without the hot air
Raise money and save the planet by sorting your items.
All the different collection points collect very specific items. These go away to be turned into something new, and success relies on only having the correct items in each collection. Sadly, just one incorrect item in a green bin or collection point can result in that load being rejected. And if the incorrect item makes it into a collection lorry, then the entire lorry load has to go to landfill. So, please check the list of what goes into each collection point carefully.