More GW tips and updates – Jan 2007

We are all still really chuffed to now have the plastic recycling skip in place, a recycling bonus that few communities in Sedgemoor can boast. In time we hope to have plastics collected as part of the green box scheme but in the meantime this skip will reduce recycling commutes to the Highbridge centre and encourage more people to recycle reducing the pressure on land fill.

We are planning a ‘free-cycle’ day for the spring where everyone can swap all those unwanted Christmas presents – more on this soon. By spring, Wedmore will have its own section on the freecycle website, more information next month. Also, we are starting to work with local businesses and schools looking at the waste they produce and how best to recycle it. With all the local events the village has, the WGG is keen to help out where it can to encourage good environmental practice.

On the food front we are keen to encourage the take-up of local food schemes such as Somerst Local Food Direct who deliver fresh organic produce direct to your door, please go to www.localfooddirect.co.uk or 01458 830801 for more information.

Finally the group is fully supportive of the ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ scheme to encourage a safer and greener way for the kids to get to school.

Now for some more green top tips.

  • Turning your thermostat down by 1ºC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £40 per year.
  • Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn’t need to be set higher than 60ºC/140ºF at most, we set ours at about 45ºC.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows. Use well-lined curtains, thermal lining is ideal. Keeping curtains closed during the day can also help keep a room cool during hot weather.
  • A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!