What connects the deputy mayor, a bunch of fireflies and a load of old rubbish? Trash to Treasure. This free, fascinating and interactive exhibition of items from around the world made of waste and rubbish runs from 6 March to 19 April in Winchester Discovery Centre’s City Space. At the launch on Friday 6 March, Winchester City Council deputy mayor Councillor Angela Clear joined children from the Firefly theatre company under the direction of the Junk Orchestra to make music from instruments made of waste such as old cooking pots.

 “The music was loud, enthusiastic and really wonderful. It is amazing what you can make from things that look like waste” said Susie Phillips, project manager for The Great Waste. Trash to Treasure is a project in The Great Waste initiative designed to help us all rethink waste, increase recycling and cut down what goes into our black bins.

 Susie added, “Did you know Winchester households only recycle half of resources that they could? If we all did our bit, then the district could recycle a phenomenal 70% of resources putting us at the top of the league.”

 The Great Waste, from Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change, has events and activities planned for the next 12 months all over the Winchester District that should appeal to everyone. These include Swap & Swish where people swap clothes and household items for free, Love Food Hate Waste events to try food and recipes and Re:Workshops where everyone can learn how to repair or upcycle so things don't get thrown away.

 The Great Waste Team is keen to hear from local groups who would like to run their own event under The Great Waste banner. There are resource packs and support available. Visit the www.thegreatwaste.org.uk website to find out more.

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 Notes to editors:

  1. Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) works to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester district.  Its members include local residents, businesses and local government, working together to create a better future.  
  2. WinACC runs regular meetings throughout the year to get the Winchester community engaged in climate change and lowering carbon emissions.
  3. For further information visit www.thegreatwaste.org.uk  or call Susie Phillips on 01962 827083 / 07704 325930 or email thegreatwaste@winacc.org.uk 
  4. Winchester Action on Climate Change Ltd is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales with company registration no. 08013043. Our registered office is Room 163, Main Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. We are also a registered charity in England and Wales with charity no 1150754.