See the detailed evaluation of the Great Waste, a year-long programme to increase recycling and reduce waste in Winchester District.

In its first six weeks of operation, the Community Cafe in Winchester has served 456 meals using food that would otherwise have gone to landfill, thrown away by local suppliers but still within 'sell by' date.

Winchester City Council is reviewing its waste, recycling, grounds maintenance and street cleansing services. Residents are invited to give their views by completing a questionnaire and have the opportunity to influence the way services are provided in future.

WRAP (the waste and resource action charity) has published an action plan supportd by Government to tackle food waste collection from households in the UK. 

They want to work with local authorities and food waste processors to improve the capture, supply and quality of household and commercial food waste. This plan contains actions to

Hampshire County Council is looking to save over £1.5m from the costs of running Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) through reductions in opening hours and/or the closure of some sites. The consultation will close at midday on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

Send your old bike to Africa to give families the extra time to earn, learn and enjoy life.

Last Friday evening, hundreds of commuters were offered free fruit by a Great Waste team from Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) Waste Action Group, students from the University of Winchester and Incredible Edible Winchester at Winchester railway station to mark Zero Waste Week.

Cat Fletcher, Resource GoddessDirector and Head of Media Freegle UK, Reuse Manager for Brighton & Hove City Council, spoke to a WinACC/FoE meeting on 8 September about:

Learn about the house built of waste! Presentation and discussion at our meeting 8 September. Find out more.   


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Wise women and men, hermits and poets,  grandmothers and grandfathers, and now even social scientists and psychologists all agree. Stuff doesn't make us happy.  Yet we use precious resources on things that we buy today and send to landfill tomorrow.

This part of our website tries to work out what we can do about this.

Recycle for Hampshire encourages local people to recycle. Their website is the go-to place for anything you want to know. You can follow them on twitter @recyclehants -

Every year in the UK we throw away £12 billion worth of food which could have been eaten.

There are lots of items that can be reused or recycled rather than disposing in landfill. Here are some suggestions.

Energy, and therefore carbon emissions, is associated with everything you buy. You can live more greenly by reducing the number of things you buy, maximising the use you get out of them, and recycling them where possible when they reach the end of their useful life.


The Great Waste was a year-long initiative from Winchester City Council, WinACC and other partners in 2015-2016. It challenged the way people see waste, and encouraged people to reduce their waste and recycle more. 

We promote low carbon waste management in Winchester District by encouraging waste reduction, reuse and recycling in order to reduce the district’s greenhouse gas emissions. Our focus is on:

  1. Promoting sustainable waste management within the Winchester District and increase awareness of the current facilities.
  2. Influencing national policy on the issue of food waste collections. 
  3. Raising awareness of the environmental damage of waste and promoting the waste hierarchy “Prevent, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Dispose as a last resort”.

If you are passionate about waste reduction and want to be part of a growing movement of local people, contact us on

Waste/ recycling

Presentation from a workshop with tips about reducing food waste and getting the most out of the food we buy. 

A dynamic and easy-to-understand presentation by Marco Poliafico looking into the anaerobic digestion technology principles.