Zero Waste Week (7 - 13 September) is all about reducing waste and reusing resources. Check out what The Great Waste doing to get everyone involved.

8 September 7:30pm to 9:30pm, be inspired by Britain’s first house made almost entirely of rubbish. Constructed by the University of Brighton, the house is built using thrown-away concrete blocks, timber, ply, vinyl banners, pieces of polystyrene, bicycle inner tubes and even old coffee grinds which were turned into a kitchen worktop. United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RZ

11 September 3.00 – 7.00pm The Great Waste Station Give Away. Travellers can claim their free composting book and other goodies on the Winchester Station platforms and find out more about reducing food waste. Station Hill, Winchester SO23 8TJ.

At Winchester Guildhall Eighteen71 café, the chef will be using commonly waste foods to make delicious meals. Inspiring recipes and advice on how to make more from the food we buy will be available to take away. The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH.

Winchester City Council is encouraging all businesses and organisations to roll up their sleeves for a “Corporate Clearout” by passing on old office items. Find a new home for the redundant stationary, filing cabinets, furniture and electrical items using Freecycle ( or Gumtree ( Tell us what you have passed on and we will put you on The Great Waste Wall of Fame.

Getting something repaired helps reduce waste and is also amazingly satisfying. The Great Waste has a list of repairers from in and around Winchester Town. It covers a range of repair places including jewellery, computers, musical instruments and knife sharpening and it is available to download from

The Great Waste 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.

 Notes to Editors:

  1. The Great Waste initiative is a partnership between Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change, with other partners contributing for different activities.
  2. 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.  
  3. WinACC runs regular meetings throughout the year to get the Winchester community engaged in climate change and lowering carbon emissions.
  4. For further information visit  or call Susie Phillips on 01962 827083 / 07704 325930 or email
  5. 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.