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Thursday 26 September 2013

Waste Reduction Volunteers Needed


Would you like to learn how to shave £100’s of pounds off your shopping bill? Cheshire East Council is hosting a training day to show people how to do just that and become a Waste Reduction Volunteer (WRV) for the Council.

Over a month the average family throws away £50 worth of food because most of the waste that ends up in our black bins is dinner table scraps. In fact, food waste makes up over a third of an average Cheshire East bin.

All Waste Reduction Volunteers receive a day’s training from the Council and are then invited to ‘spread the word’ about home composting and the national Love Food Hate Waste programme at local events, schools and community projects.

The Council would like to hear from people who want to take part in a day’s training in Macclesfield on Saturday, October 12.

Volunteer Sally Hoare, from Wilmslow said, “Being a volunteer has lots of benefits and I’ve met some great like-minded people.

“I am passionate about doing my bit to help save the planet and enjoy talking about ways to reduce food waste at events throughout the year. I would definitely recommend it”.

Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of environmental services, said: “This is fun, engaging and extremely worthwhile.

“Not only will your efforts help divert needless amounts of food and organic waste from going to landfill, the training will also help people plan their food shopping more carefully and save money in the long term – up to £50 per month for a family of four.”

“I would urge anyone with an interest in the environment and some time to spare to consider becoming a Waste Reduction Volunteer.”

Volunteers will receive training, travel expenses and membership of the WRV reward scheme. Anyone interested in becoming a WRV should visit: to sign up, or telephone the project coordinator on: 01270 686094 for more information.

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