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


It will come as no great surprise that not using something in the first place is the best way to prevent waste and therefore has the least environmental impact.  But how do we translate that into everyday life?  The answer is fairly simple, for every purchase you’re considering get in the habit of asking yourself “Do I actually need this?”, “Will this actually make a material difference to my quality of life?” You might be surprised how asking yourself these questions can really focus the mind leading to reduced consumption and increased happiness.


You can reduce waste by thinking carefully about what to do with things when they appear to have come to the end of their useful life.  Always consider whether a broken item can be repaired or refurbished using the Southampton repair café, an online guide or a technician.  If the item is really surplus to your requirements then think about selling locally using Facebay Winchester or giving it away free via Freecycle Winchester or to a local charity shop such as Emmaus who also collect furniture.


Ensure that you recycle everything you possibly can in your green bin and avoid contamination.  But don’t stop there, you’ll be amazed at what can be recycled at our Household Waste Recycling Centres and locally both Sainburys and Waitrose take plastic pots, tubs and trays.  Also, they all take batteries and plastic film such as carrier bags, bread bags and cereal bags (always check the recycling label).  Use a composter or a digester to deal with your food waste and lastly, if you’re struggling to recycle an item RecycleNow will have the answer.


Use your black bin to dispose of waste only when there is no practical alternative.

If you are passionate about waste and want to get more involved contact waste@winacc.org.uk or have a look at our waste action group and find out how you can make a difference.

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