Cwm Harry, based at Newtown’s Vastre Industrial Estate, and organisers of Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre, have worked together to massively reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill after this year’s Fayre. In spite of an increase in visitor numbers from 17,000 to about 20,000, the rubbish was reduced by 75% to just nine skips.
Visitors, exhibitors and caterers alike were encouraged to use separate bins for different types of waste, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Cardboard, foil and mixed plastics were all separated out, as well as food waste, which was taken to Cwm Harry’s Newtown composting plant, where food and green waste are converted into a nutrient rich soil-improver.
“We are delighted with these results, and this is just a start,” said Medieval Fayre organiser Prue Dakin. “As time goes by we are hoping to get near to a Zero Waste event.”