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Towards a Zero Waste Swansea: Thursday 4th July, 7–9pm

Find out where you can get help to reduce your waste?
Discover how your council aims to meet its increasing targets?

An informative event with updates on recycling schemes and waste reduction projects across the Swansea area including:
– Swansea Council – Plastic Free Swansea
– The Environment Centre – TerraCycle Waunarlwydd
– Repair Café Wales …plus others

Followed by an open discussion…

How can we work together to further reduce waste in Swansea?
How can we encourage more people to participate in recycling?
What can we do to deal with waste that isn’t easily recycled?
Share your ideas and tips for cutting waste at home and work!

Part of the Working With Nature event series organised by The Environment Centre in partnership with Natural Resources Wales
and Swansea Environmental Forum.
This is a FREE EVENT with tea/coffee provided and no booking required.

Job Opportunity: Recycling on-the-Go Project Officer

The Environment Centre in Swansea is looking for an enthusiastic and well-organised person to help deliver a new project to promote and support on-the-go recycling in Swansea city centre.

Are you passionate about the environment and improving how we deal with our waste and resources? Are you interested in being part of an innovative partnership to help influence behaviours and practices for a better future? Do you have great communication skills and the ability to engage effectively with a wide range of organisations and people? Then this may be the perfect opportunity for you.

Recycling On-the-Go Project Officer
A part-time, short-term post – 17.5 hours per week for
7 months based on £23,000 per annum pro-rata for FTE
(We will consider contracting a self-employed worker)

The new project officer will join a committed and hard-working team of staff and volunteers at the Environment Centre but will work primarily with the Centre Manager and project partners to ensure that the project objectives are met. If you believe you have the right skills and personal qualities to deliver this project, we’d love to hear from you.

For job description and application form, please email: info@environmentcentre.org.uk. If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role, please contact the Centre Manager.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 12th July 2019.
Interviews expected in the week commencing Monday 22nd July 2019.
We require the new project officer to be able to start in August 2019.

Environment Centre Supports TerraCycle Scheme

We are now a TerraCycle collection point

We are pleased to be part of this international initiative as one of a number of places across Swansea collecting ‘hard-to-recycle waste’ – things that can’t go in your normal household recycling. The scheme generates small amounts of money for the organisers, that are donated to local schools or community groups. For us, the rewards go to Waunarlwydd Primary School.

There is a wide range of items included in the scheme, though not all collection points accept the entire range. Here at the Environment Centre, we are happy to take charge of your bread bags, crisp and snack packets, biscuit and sweet wrappers, toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes, spray trigger heads and tassimo pods and packaging. The table below gives lots of detail, and we have summarised it into our own list too.

Please do make sure you check carefully against the list which things you can bring!

There is a growing number of locations around Swansea offering these collections now. The waste is never landfilled or incinerated, only circular methods are used (reuse, upcycling or recycling). For more info see the TerraCycle website:


https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/about-terracycle/how_we_solve

Refill Station Popularity Increases

Data on the use of the Environment Centre’s Refill Station has been collected over the past two years and our volunteers recently analysed the figures and prepared an infographic display to illustrate some of the key changes over the past two years (see below). The Highlights include:

  • The range of products and brands has increased from 10 products and 3 brands in 2017 to 20 products and 4 brands currently available.
  • The level of refill sales has doubled from around 100 litres per month in 2017 to over 200 litres per month this year.
  • The total number of plastic bottles saved through refilling over the two years is approx. 2,800 (based on number of litres sold).
  • Refilling saves a significant amount of cost for customers but has also raised over £1,700 for the Environment Centre in the past two years.

New Gower Skin Care Products in the Green Shop

The latest local products to hit the shelves at the Environment Centre come from Gower Skin Care and include a range of handmade, quality soaps, shampoo bars, balms and oils. Many of these which include local ingredients such Gower honey, Gower heather and Rhossili sunflower petals. All the soaps are either vegan or vegetarian and the shampoo bars are SLS-free.

There are also specialist products for the hairier members of the family with beard balm, beard oil and even dog shampoo bars!

Midsummer Exhibition and Workshop

Out and About by Mary Hayman

A celebration of the beauty of our natural surroundings in paintings, felt and mosaics.

21 June to 26 July.

There is also a workshop with the artist here at the Centre on 22nd June, 10.30am – 1pm. All matierals proivded, £5 donation suggested, no booking required.

The Environment Centre is on Pier Street, Swansea (to the right of Morgan’s Hotel) and is open Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat 10am-2pm. The exhibition room is often used for meetings and training events so please call first to check availability for exhibition viewing.

Environmental Events Swansea 2019 Published

The 2019 Environmental Events Swansea booklet includes details of over
250 events taking place in and around Swansea from April to December. These include a wide variety of walks, talks, workshops and activities to encourage people of all ages to enjoy nature. Most of the events are FREE or at low cost so everyone can join in.
Look out for several special events and festivals during the year, such as Spring Clean Cymru in April; Wales Nature Week, Gower Walking Festival and Bike Week UK in June; the Beach Sculpture Festival in July; the Gower Show in August and the annual Green Fayre in November.
The Further Information section at the back of the booklet provides details of over 40 local organisations and projects that organise events and activities linked to the environment.

To download a copy – click here.

Sustainibbles Are Here

The Environment Centre is really pleased to now have a new fabulous range of paper-packaged foods. A great variety of products from our new suppliers Sustainibbles, who are based in Bridgend.
Sustainibbles aim is to help our community buy their grocery essentials without single use plastic, in an easy and accessible way. 
Through the use of paper bags, buying these products can help to reduce the ever-growing issue that is single use pack. 
The Environment Centre shares this goal and decided to support them by selling in our shop those new plastic free packaged merchandise.
The current stock includes pasta, rice, pulses, oats and flour and we are hoping to extend the range in the future. 
As well as being in recyclable packaging some of these foodstuffs are also organic.
This kind of packaging isn’t our first attempt at reducing non-decomposable materials in the world (starting from Swansea!).  We also sell bottle of house cleaning and personal hygiene liquids from Ecover, Bio-D, Suma and Faith in Nature and you once have bought the first one you can refill it here at The Centre as many times as you want, at a reduced cost.
If you want to try the new plastic-free products, or start your refilling habit, pop down to the shop!
We are open from 10am to 4pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.