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Waste and Water

One hundred million tonnes of waste is sent to landfill each year and space is set to run out in a few years. Forty percent of household waste could be composted to save 20% of the UK's methane emissions.

One tonne of recycled paper saves 17 trees, over 77,000 litres of water and enough energy to heat the average home for 6 months.

The amount of water collected by the roof of Worcester Cathedral would be enough to supply 950 people in Ethiopia or 61 in the UK.

Action for PCCs to consider

  • Linking in with the local authority domestic waste and recycling programme (legislation allows places of worship to be included in domestic collections.
  • Ways of reducing paper use
  • Use recycled paper and envelopes
  • Providing collection facilities for recycling
  • Setting policies on waste reduction and recycling for groups hiring premises
  • Water collection butts
  • Reduce water use e.g. cistern displacement device for pre-2001 toilets. See www.waterwise.org.uk for more suggestions
  • Regular jumble or second-hand sales

Actions for individuals to consider

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at home, school or work
  • Water collection butts for watering the garden
  • Buy water efficient devices and appliances when replacements are needed

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