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The Mayor of Winchester Cllr Angela Clear presented prizes to six winners of the Re:Design Challenge at the Re:Design Exhibition on Monday 25 April. The exhibition at the Tourist Information Centre was an showcase of all of items that were entered into Re:Design challenge bringing the Great Waste year to an exciting close.


Winners in four age categories made wonderful things from waste including bags from old pyjamas, a wine cork pin-board, and butterfly fridge magnets from aluminium cans. The prizes were donated by The Colour Factory, River Cottage Canteen, Sparsholt College, Theatre Royal Winchester and Two Hoots Camping. The Great Waste website has pictures of all the items and instructions on how everybody can make them


“I was delighted by the expertise and creativity displayed by all the entries” said Eloise Appleby, Assistant Director of Economy and Arts at Winchester City Council which sponsored The Great Waste. “This is wonderful way to bring a fantastic year to a close”. 6500 people have been involved in The Great Waste projects over the last 12 months.


In a hotly contended category, Winchester School of Art MA fashion students created 22 outfits made from wasted clothing donated by the PDSA for the Re:Design challenge. Five independent judges chose Iris (Ning Zhao) as the winner, with Lanna (Lu Lan) & Ariel (Xiaokuo Yang) as runners-up. All the outfits featured in the Winchester Fashion Week catwalk show on 30 of April at the Guildhall Winchester.


“The Winchester School of Art has been delighted to be a partner with the Re:Design challenge. We feel that sustainability should be at the heart of fashion and design” said Kay May, Senior Fellow at University of Southampton.


The Re:Design Exhibition also displayed dresses made by local colleges and schools during the October launch event, including the winning dress from Kings School, and items from the popular Trash to Treasure exhibition held last spring in the Winchester Discovery Centre.

Bikes to Emmaus

Recycling cycles

Looking for a bargain bike or a good quality second hand bicycle? Winchester City Council has recently donated 20 used bicycles to Winchester charity Emmaus to be given a new lease of life.

The Council regularly receives reports of abandoned bikes.  A few weeks ago, Councillors approved a clear policy to ensure that these do not become unsightly or take up valuable cycle parking. 

Reported abandoned bicycles are labelled with a notice giving the owner a minimum of two weeks to remove the bicycle. If the bike is still in situ after this, it is removed and stored in the City Council depot for three months. If it still isn’t claimed, the bicycle can then be disposed of.  Bikes which are in a reasonable condition are offered to local charities for reconditioning and selling on, whilst others may need to be recycled. 

Following the adoption of the policy, the Council’s Streetcare Team delivered 20 abandoned bikes that had been held at their depot to Emmaus.  The proceeds generated from the sale of these 20 bikes will help Emmaus with its work to provide a home and meaningful work to its 26 residents.

'Re:Design Challenge' gets under way


Could you design something useful from waste? A new garment, or textile, or something for use in the home, office or garden? Something that others could re-create? Creative designers in Winchester District are invited to enter the Re:Design Challenge, open until 11 March 2016. Details here.


The Challenge was launched on Saturday 10 October, with teams from local schools and colleges taking part in a one-day design boot camp at Winchester School of Art. 30 students nd teacher took part in the Designing for the future one day fashion design challenge, creating 6 outfits from recycled clothes. One tonne of clothing was provided by the PDSA and the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Angela Clear judged the results along with International designer, Reem Alasadi and PDSA Manager, Kit Lendon. 


The winning outfit was made by a team from Kings School, Winchester and will be showcased in the Winchester Fashion week in April 2016. 

Restaurants Commended for Action on Waste

Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing has written to restaurants across Winchester as part of this year’s ‘Great Waste’ campaign. 


Cllr Frank Pearson has commended some of the biggest restaurants in town for efforts they have made to store and dispose of their waste carefully.  He said:

“Restaurants generate a lot of waste, and often struggle to manage it effectively – particularly when they are operating out of historic buildings, or on frontages where there is little space for commercial bins.  This can lead to rubbish spilling onto the streets or blocking narrow pavements, none of which is good for the people who live, shop or work here. Our town centre Neighbourhood Service Officers have been visiting premises regularly, and has been impressed by the changes that have been made over recent months.”


The next step, comments Cllr Pearson, is to reduce the amount of waste that these businesses are producing to start with.  The letter contains a number of basic tips about ways to go about this, which range from reviewing menus regularly to use leftover produce to training staff, and from improving inventory management to better separation of waste materials for recycling.


It is estimated that UK restaurants produce over 1.6 million tonnes of waste a year, around 600,000 tonnes of which is food*.  Sending good food to landfill is not just bad for the environment: it costs individual restaurants up to £20,000 a year in unnecessary food purchases and waste collection.  Restaurants can improve their financial performance by reducing their food waste.  

The Art of Recycling

Monday 28th September, 4.30 - 6.30pm, Bradbury House, Durngate, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8DX

Trinity Winchester proudly presents “The Art of Recycling” an art exhibition that showcases the colourful and imaginative artwork of the Trinity Art Group.
The show takes inspiration from The Great Waste Project supported by Winchester City Council and WinAcc - the Great Waste Project challenges the way people see waste, and encourages people to reduce their waste and recycle more.

The Trinity Art Group (TAG) comprises of a team of enthusiastic and energetic artists from a diverse range of backgrounds. The group have been hard at work putting together an exhibition that utilises waste material and transforms them into beautiful works of art - including the pictured couture dress, made from ring pulls, bin bags and out of date surgical gloves.

The Trinity Art Group would cordially like to invite the public to a special viewing of the show, there will be tea, cake and a raffle, as well as a range of creative artwork. Entrance is free.

Volunteers ready to give away fruit!

The Great Waste Give Away

Last Friday evening, hundreds of commuters were offered free fruit by a Great Waste team from Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) Waste Action Group, students from the University of Winchester and Incredible Edible Winchester at Winchester railway station to mark Zero Waste Week. Local supermarkets Sainsbury’s in Middle Brook Street and Tesco’s in Winnall gave bananas and carrots approaching their “best by” dates, while apples came from local people’s gardens.
Along with the free fruit, people took free booklets on home composting, measures  to help them cook exactly the right amount of rice or spaghetti, recipes for leftovers and information about how to cut the carbon footprint of their meals.
 “We throw away over seven million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, most of which could have been eaten. So we were delighted that people were so keen on the food measuring gadgets”, said Susie Phillips who organised the Great Waste Give-away. “After all, the easiest way to avoid wasting food is to cook the right amount in the first place, so none gets left on the plate. “

Teapot getting its spout reattached

The Repair cafe was a great success!

The doors opened at 10am and we already had a queue outside. People had brought lawnmowers, teapots, jewellery and bikes to be repaired. The repairers from Transition Southampton were kept busy for the full 2 hours and really needed their cups of tea and cake. The refreshments were provided by helpers from Emmaus UK. In all we had a great morning and repaired 21 items. 


We have compiled a list of all the repair establishments around Winchester and are busy collecting name of places outside the town. That list will be uploaded soon. 

We are hoping that Emmaus will be able to carry on with the repair cafes in the future, holding them at their premises in Bar End so what this space. 

Mayor of Winchester with school children debating waste Mayor of Winchester with school children

Schools in Great Waste Debate at Winchester Guildhall

Three Winchester primary schools were involved in a debate in the Winchester City Council debating chamber today about how to reduce the amount of waste we all produce. The question posed to groups from Weeke Primary school, Wickham C of E primary school and All Saints Primary school was "who is responsible for reducing waste?”

Six teams put forward arguments whether it should be the responsibility of the government (either local of national) or that of the households. 

Excellent arguments were made on both sides, including better education of the public, smaller bins to encourage less waste, fines and incentives. 

The vote came in at 24 votes for households taking more responsibility for waste reduction to 14 votes for government responsibility. 

The students toured the Guildhall and learnt about the history and the energy saving measures recently installed – including the “Sucky toilet” in the ladies loos. They had Lunch with the Mayor of Winchester Cllr Angela Clear. They finished the visit with six rounds of the Rubbish games which involved recycling against the clock. 

The Great Waste  Rubbish Game at the Hat Fair The Rubbish Game at the Hat Fair

The Great Waste brings 'Rubbish Game' to the Hat Fair.

On Sunday, WinACC joined the fun at Oram’s Arbour, bringing our Rubbish Game to the masses at the Hat Fair 2015. We had a fantastic day, with over 200 people visiting our stall to try their hand at our ‘Rubbish’ Game. Children and adults alike enjoyed the challenge of trying to correctly recycle all the items in the WinACC rubbish bag, to varying degrees of success.

With the highest score of the day reaching 47 (all items recycled correctly!!) it wasn’t just the lure of a “prize every time” which drew in the crowds, but also the pride of being the “best recycler of the day”. Our “Rubbish Game” turned out to be not such a rubbish game, and will undoubtedly be making a return at future WinACC events.

Thanks to all our enthusiastic volunteers for patiently sorting through endless recycling attempts and everyone who visited our stall went away happy, having had fun as well as learning some valuable recycling lessons. See you next year Hat Fair!

The Great Waste Roundabout

The Great Waste Roundabout flower bed The Great Waste Roundabout flower bed

Visitors and residents arriving in the city of Winchester via the M3 slip road roundabout at Bar End may have noticed that the summer beds have now been implemented.  One of the raised beds forms the logo of The Great Waste campaign, skilfully composed of eye-catching  Alternanthera D, Helichrysum Korma and Echeveria elegans.

Click here for the full press release.

The Great Waste Love food hate waste at River Cottage The Great Waste Love food hate waste at River Cottage

People all over the Winchester District are being offered the chance to run their own Leftover Lunch party using exclusive River Cottage recipes. The party 'theme' is reducing food waste, and people at the party have a chance to win River Cottage goodies such as £50 gift vouchers, a signed book by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall or a bottle of local bubbly.

The Leftover Lunch party box was a Great Waste production, launched at the River Cottage canteen in Abbey Gardens on 12 May at a sell-out event, with 100 people playing casino-style games about food waste and food that’s often left over, and sampling delicious nibbles made from the party recipes.

Joy Housham, a volunteer from Winchester Action on Climate Change, said: “I did not know you could make crisps from vegetable peelings but they were delicious. I am looking forward to running a lunch for my friends in Sparsholt soon”.

Jeremy Carter, Project Support officer for The Great Waste said, “Everybody joined in the games enthusiastically and it was such a positive evening. There are some great ideas in the party box to help people stop food going off and getting chucked out. It should save money too”.

The Leftover Lunch box contains everything needed to run a small party for four guests, including the invitations, the activities and the recipe cards. Guests are invited to bring a particular ingredient and the meal is made and eaten together. By sending back a pledge card to reduce food waste at home, everybody can enter a free prize draw each month.

The Great Waste initiative is a joint venture with Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change with 12 months of events and activities to help people reduce waste and increase recycling. Seven million tonnes of food is thrown out in the UK each year and over half of it could have been eaten. This is a significant part of the waste that goes to incineration in Winchester District.  The common food waste problems are buying too much, losing track of use-by dates and cooking too much.

The materials can be downloaded from The Great Waste website ( A few Leftover Lunch boxes are still available. Anyone who wants one should contact via email. 

Stuff or Happiness-Luxury, Necessity or Sustainability? 15th June @ Winchester Discovery Centre

The Great Waste talk - can luxury be sustainable Picture of luxury - is it sustainable?

This illustrated talk presents three contemporary visions of luxury in an era of austerity: luxury as something desirable, luxury as wicked, and luxury as something ecological, even environmentally friendly. Which idea of luxury will you choose?



Prof John Armitage,  Media Arts and Dr Yasmin Sekhon, ‎MA Luxury Brand Management Leader, Winchester School of Art

Toys from Trash Workshop 28 May @ Winchester Discovery Centre 


Create wonderful toys from everyday materials instead of throwing them away. This half term activitiy is suitable for children aged 6+ (but they must be accompanied by an adult) £2 per child (adults free!)

There are two sessions - 1.00pm to 2.30pm & 3.00pm  to 4.30pm. No need to pre book


Love Food Hate Waste @ River Cottage 12 May

We had a sell out event at River Cottage Canteen on 12 May - not bad for a Tuesday night. One hundred people came to sample specially prepared treats from commonly wasted foods created by the River Cottage Canteen chefs and take part in 'casino style' food waste activities and games. 


It was busy! - an "educational cocktail party" is how we described it. The aim was to get people talking about food waste and our games really helped. All the information came from the WRAP funded initiative Love Food Hate Waste.


We also launched our Leftover Lunch party pack. This is a little pack of recipes, games and invitations which will help people hold thier own parties to spread the Food Waste message throughout the district. 

We have a spare boxes so contact us if you would like us to send you a party box - if you do there is chance to win River Cottage goodies. Or go to the Leftover lunch section if you want to download the resources from the pack - they are free to anyone!



The Leftover Lunch boxes showing some of the recipes and the signed copy of Hugh Fernley Whittingstall's book - you could have a chance of winning a prizes like this is you hold your own party. 

Happy Swappers at Winchester Discovery Centre

9 May

Our first Swap & Swish at Winchester Discovery Centre saw 80 people bring in over 500 items to swap, equating to one fifth of a tonne of reused items. Emmaus UK were on hand to help PAT test any electircal items that came in and show off some of thier repurposed and upcycled furniture. 


We had such a wide range of objects, like badminton raquets, teapots, toys, jewellery and some lovely dresses and shoes - infact all the clothing was really good quality. There were a few bags of clothes left over which we donated to a group helping homeless people and the Southampton and Winchester Visitors group. 

If you would like to run your own Swap&Swish, we can provided you with all the help and support you need to get started - even find you a PAT tester and lend you coat hangers!



Happy Swappers: Sarah Cramoysan and daughter Zoe snapping up some free bargains at the Swap&Swish in May

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