Karen Cannard: The Rubbish Diet The Zero Waste Challenge
The Beginning <ul><li>I really SHOULD do something about it! </li></ul>I HATE MY BIN! It’s too heavy, too smelly  And too ...
Zero Waste Week Challenge <ul><li>No landfill rubbish for one whole week </li></ul><ul><li>Could Recycle and Compost </li>...
The blog was born A diary of the zero waste challenge!
Thinking about rubbish <ul><li>Where does it come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Where does it go? </li></ul><ul><li>What is its ...
Where does rubbish come from? What we buy or get for free! Carrier bags, Packaging, Receipts, Disposable items, Magazines,...
Where does it go in Suffolk? Landfill tax: £40 per tonne Fine: £150 per tonne over allowance © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Ru...
<ul><li>Biodegradable waste, e.g. food, dirty nappies, paper: creates Methane Gas -  * A GHG -  23 x as powerful as CO 2 *...
<ul><li>Analyse my own rubbish. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what could be recycled.  Check with the council /  Recycle Now ...
The Motivation <ul><li>The goal of an empty bin. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagining burying our rubbish in our own garden. </li><...
<ul><li>SHOPPING:  Reusable bags & containers;  Ditched clingfilm; Chose loose produce; discovered unpackaged products. </...
<ul><li>Including the stuff I never used to recycle before: </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic meat trays:  In our blue bin </li></...
<ul><li>Bought fewer perishable items during each shop. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoided the things I would regularly waste, e.g....
<ul><li>Bokashi food waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Floor sweepings. </li></ul><ul><li>Vacuum cleaner contents. </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>Fewer packaged snacks: i.e. snack bars, crisps.  More Fruit. </li></ul><ul><li>Changed products: cooked less pasta...
Personal Care <ul><li>Switched from liquid soap to soap bars. </li></ul><ul><li>Made own liquid soap. </li></ul><ul><li>Sh...
Progress over 7 weeks 3 rd  Feb 2008 17 th  Feb 2008 2 nd  March 2008 9 th  March 2008 Orange bag: plastic bags separated ...
Zero Waste Week The results of Zero Waste Week Just one plaster! 17 th  March 2008 © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
<ul><li>After the success of ZWW, I challenged other bloggers, which led to amazing results. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ruby: R...
<ul><li>Pledge to waste less. </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse or recycle one more thing. </li></ul><ul><li>Start composting. </li>...
<ul><li>www.lovefoodhatewaste.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.recyclenow.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.recyclethis.co.uk </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Thanks for listening </li></ul><ul><li>Last weigh-in: ONE YEAR LATER: 18 March 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>One week’s r...
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The Rubbish Diet: The 8 Week Zero Waste Challenge

  1. 1. Karen Cannard: The Rubbish Diet The Zero Waste Challenge
  2. 2. The Beginning <ul><li>I really SHOULD do something about it! </li></ul>I HATE MY BIN! It’s too heavy, too smelly And too FULL! New Year’s Resolution JAN 2008 Must reduce our waste Recycled EVERYTHING But still had 1 ½ bags per week © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  3. 3. Zero Waste Week Challenge <ul><li>No landfill rubbish for one whole week </li></ul><ul><li>Could Recycle and Compost </li></ul><ul><li>Seven weeks to prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Request from council to become </li></ul><ul><li>a Community Champion </li></ul><ul><li>Featured on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour </li></ul><ul><li>A very daunting challenge in more </li></ul><ul><li>ways than one! </li></ul>Photo: Copyright St Edmundsbury Borough Council © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  4. 4. The blog was born A diary of the zero waste challenge!
  5. 5. Thinking about rubbish <ul><li>Where does it come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Where does it go? </li></ul><ul><li>What is its impact on the environment? </li></ul>© 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  6. 6. Where does rubbish come from? What we buy or get for free! Carrier bags, Packaging, Receipts, Disposable items, Magazines, Leaflets, Junk Mail, Telephone Directories. Things that break/become obsolete! Toys, accessories, electronic gadgets, CDs, DVDs. Food that’s wasted! Leftovers; out-of-date food; gone-off food. In the UK we throw away 6.7 million tonnes of wasted food per year. © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  7. 7. Where does it go in Suffolk? Landfill tax: £40 per tonne Fine: £150 per tonne over allowance © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  8. 8. <ul><li>Biodegradable waste, e.g. food, dirty nappies, paper: creates Methane Gas - * A GHG - 23 x as powerful as CO 2 * </li></ul><ul><li>Leachate: toxins running into water table, diminishes bio-diversity. </li></ul><ul><li>Waste blown away from the landfill, impacts wildlife. </li></ul>The Environment? © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  9. 9. <ul><li>Analyse my own rubbish. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what could be recycled. Check with the council / Recycle Now & check packaging. </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a convenient recycling system at home as well as a routine to visit the HWRC. </li></ul><ul><li>REDUCE what could NOT be recycled or REUSE things wherever possible. </li></ul>What could I do? © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  10. 10. The Motivation <ul><li>The goal of an empty bin. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagining burying our rubbish in our own garden. </li></ul>The Motivation © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  11. 11. <ul><li>SHOPPING: Reusable bags & containers; Ditched clingfilm; Chose loose produce; discovered unpackaged products. </li></ul><ul><li>CLEANING: Reusable cloths instead of kitchen roll; reduced range of products; switched to refillable products; washing balls. </li></ul>How I slimmed my bin © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  12. 12. <ul><li>Including the stuff I never used to recycle before: </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic meat trays: In our blue bin </li></ul><ul><li>Tetra Pak Cartons: At the HWRC </li></ul><ul><li>Yoghurt Pots: In our blue bin </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic bags: Supermarkets HWRC </li></ul><ul><li>Food bags, e.g. Pasta bags: HWRC </li></ul><ul><li>Aerosol cans, e.g. deodorants: HWRC </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic plant pots: Wyevale garden centre </li></ul>Recycled EVERYTHING © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  13. 13. <ul><li>Bought fewer perishable items during each shop. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoided the things I would regularly waste, e.g. melons and pineapples. </li></ul><ul><li>Cooked more of what the children liked. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced portion sizes. </li></ul><ul><li>Used up leftovers. </li></ul><ul><li>Fed more scraps to the cats and the birds. </li></ul><ul><li>Bought a wormery and a Bokashi bin. </li></ul>Reduced Food Waste © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  14. 14. <ul><li>Bokashi food waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Floor sweepings. </li></ul><ul><li>Vacuum cleaner contents. </li></ul><ul><li>Cotton wool. </li></ul>Composted more © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  15. 15. <ul><li>Fewer packaged snacks: i.e. snack bars, crisps. More Fruit. </li></ul><ul><li>Changed products: cooked less pasta and rice in favour of more potatoes. </li></ul><ul><li>Cooked more homemade cakes. </li></ul><ul><li>Switched to products with less packaging; from teabags to shampoos. </li></ul>Reduced packaging © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  16. 16. Personal Care <ul><li>Switched from liquid soap to soap bars. </li></ul><ul><li>Made own liquid soap. </li></ul><ul><li>Shampoo bars. </li></ul><ul><li>Washable sanitary products. </li></ul><ul><li>Cotton buds with paper sticks. </li></ul><ul><li>Wooden toothbrushes. </li></ul>Personal Care © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  17. 17. Progress over 7 weeks 3 rd Feb 2008 17 th Feb 2008 2 nd March 2008 9 th March 2008 Orange bag: plastic bags separated from other rubbish © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  18. 18. Zero Waste Week The results of Zero Waste Week Just one plaster! 17 th March 2008 © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  19. 19. <ul><li>After the success of ZWW, I challenged other bloggers, which led to amazing results. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ruby: Reduced waste by 50% through reducing packaging and acquiring a council brown bin for kitchen and garden waste. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jo Beaufoix: Achieved a 50% reduction through diverting kitchen and garden waste to a home composter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mrs Green: Achieved Zero Waste and now throws out on average about 100g per week and often less than that. Documents all progress over at www.myzerowaste.com . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other blog readers have also been motivated into joining their local rubbish-free challenges across the UK. </li></ul></ul>Contagious consequences © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  20. 20. <ul><li>Pledge to waste less. </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse or recycle one more thing. </li></ul><ul><li>Start composting. </li></ul><ul><li>Say No to junk mail. </li></ul><ul><li>Attempt a waste free day. </li></ul><ul><li>Put your bin on a Rubbish Diet. </li></ul><ul><li>Share your experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Blog about your progress </li></ul>What can be done now! © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  21. 21. <ul><li>www.lovefoodhatewaste.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.recyclenow.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.recyclethis.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.bookofrubbishideas.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.myzerowaste.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.fakeplasticfish.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.cleanbin.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.rubbishfreeyear.co.nz </li></ul><ul><li>www.stopjunkmail.org.uk </li></ul>Very useful resources © 2009, Karen Cannard, The Rubbish Diet.
  22. 22. <ul><li>Thanks for listening </li></ul><ul><li>Last weigh-in: ONE YEAR LATER: 18 March 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>One week’s rubbish: 128 grams </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Cannard </li></ul><ul><li>www.therubbishdiet.co.uk </li></ul>Enjoy the makeover

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