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Waste not, want not. Turn over a new leaf and sign up to tackle waste

Posted on 6 January 2014

New Year, new resolution and lots of Christmas excess... Why not sign up to West Sussex County Council’s Waste Prevention Advisor (WPA) volunteer scheme?

Training begins in early February, so it’s not too late to register your interest, though make sure you have done so by 17 January.

The County Council wants new advisors to act as advocates to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste clean, dry and loose.

It wants to hear from people who are enthusiastic and have an interest in the environment and waste prevention who would be prepared to help out at community events, give talks and help with presentations to local groups and schools.

There will be plenty for people to get their teeth into, particularly so soon after the Christmas holidays when levels of waste will have been high.

New recruits will use an e-learning training package, which has been designed by the University of Brighton.

This offers people the chance to study in their own time, and has been designed to be as flexible as possible for volunteers whilst retaining elements of face-to-face learning and site visits.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents Services, said: “This is a wonderful scheme that will help us to encourage people to think differently about their waste.

“We want people to produce less waste through improved knowledge about reducing, reusing and recycling waste and to encourage them to understand the importance of putting the right items in the right bins, clean, dry and loose.

“This will help us to maximise the potential of waste as a resource and minimise waste sent to landfill.”

The scheme was set up in 2006 to support waste prevention initiatives in the County and is a partnership between West Sussex County Council, the District and Borough Councils and the University of Brighton with additional funding from its European project partners through the SWAP NoW project.

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Phone: 01243 642106