Great Waste Workshops are a roaring success with families and Mayor

The Mayor of Winchester helped create some fierce trashosaurus rexes and bottledactyls at the Great Waste workshop last week at the Winchester Discovery centre. Over 30 families came to the drop-in workshops to make dinosaurs out of waste materials such as milk bottles, plastic bags and cardboard.

 “It was great to see the children and parents working together to make their monsters and they were keen to show their creations off to the Mayor accompanied by deafening dinosaur roars” said Susie Phillip, the Great Waste project manager. “The workshops are designed to show people that you can do so much with materials often thought of as waste. Over the last two weeks we have created wonderful jewellery, clocks and piggy banks”.

The Great Waste initiative is about reducing waste and increasing recycling in the Winchester District in the next 12 months. Already the Trash to Treasure exhibition has attracted over 3000 visitors demonstrating creative recycling from all over the world. Over the summer there will be events and activities taking place for people to get involved in ranging from thought provoking talks, repair and repurposing workshops and Swap & Swish events, involving free exchange of clothes and household items. Visit the Great Waste Website at www.thegreatwaste.org.uk to find out more.

Winchester City Council and Winchester action on Climate Change are working in partnership to make a significant impact on the waste minimisation targets for the district.