Zero Waste Places

Cwm Harry are working towards Zero Waste, where we use our resources again and again to achieve a sustainable Closed Loop Economy

Zero Waste Presteigne and Norton Service

The award-winning community of Presteigne and Norton are showing the way to a Zero Waste future.  They have already achieved the Wales 2025 target of 70% recycling and have reduced the amount they send to landfill by astounding 60% since the project started.  The pilot is financed by the Welsh Government and Powys’ Zero Waste Action.

The service is very different from the large hi-tech trucks people are used to seeing.  Everything is at human scale and is rooted in the community.  Local staff collect recycling in a milkfloat and refuse in a transit.  They collect from just 250 houses a day so there is time to talk, and resolve any issues people have.  Recycling is collected and sorted at the kerbside producing high quality materials for resale.  See it in action on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14727983

Community groups are supported with income from the value of the recycling; £8,000 in 2012/13.  Cllr. James Tennant Eyles of Presteigne and Norton Town Council said “We didn’t realise how valuable all the “waste” going to landfill really was. It makes a real difference to the community and helps motivate people to recycle more.”

Cwm Harry Land Trust won the Award for Cylch Community Recycler of the Year in September 2011. Cylch is Wales’ Association for social enterprises and community sector waste management companies, and each year its awards recognise the best in Wales.

Zero Waste Presteigne and Norton’s achievements were recognised in January 2012 when the scheme was the winner of the Best Communications Activity in the Third Sector Awards Cymru organised by umbrella organisation Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and supported by voluntary sectorservices specialist Class Telecommunications.