Christmas Close Down (Mon 23rd December – Fri 3rd January)

The Environment Centre’s Green Shop is open on Saturday 21st December (10am-2pm) for the last time this year – the last opportunity to buy some green and ethical gifts or to fill up at our refill station ready for the Christmas period.

The Centre and Green Shop will be closed for the holidays until Saturday 4th January (10am-2pm).

Job Opportunity: Administration Officer

A part-time post (14 hours per week) based on £18,000 per annum pro rata FTE. Initially, a 12-month contract but could be extended if sufficient funding is secured.

The Centre’s Trustees are looking for an Administration Officer to join the small, friendly team to administer meeting room bookings, help organise events and exhibitions, and promote Centre activities through social media and the website. We are looking for an individual who is well-organised, resourceful and has the ability to multi-task. The successful applicant will have a flexible and enthusiastic approach, excellent customer-facing communication skills and confidence with a range of IT applications.

This post may be well suited to someone looking to develop their work experience or someone returning to work. There could be flexibility in working hours e.g. they could be spread over 3 or 4 days to fit around school hours, part-time studying, etc.

For the job description, personal specification and job application form,
please email office@environmentcentre.org.uk.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5pm, Mon 6th January 2020 and we expect interviews to take place on Wed 15th January.
We are looking for the successful applicant to start as soon as possible.

Charity of the Month

The Environment Centre is thrilled to be Charity of the Month at Hoogah!
Come along any time before 5th December and if you buy our special pizza & cocktail, the profits from your purchase will be donated to the Centre.
Hoogah is located on Brynymor Road and is open Tuesday to Sunday for you to pop in and try these ethical and tasty delights!

Unique Environment Centre Pizza and Cocktail

Green Fayre Success!

This year’s Green Fayre was a huge success again with over 3,500 visitors over the two days. There were over 70 stalls and the feedback from stallholders has been terrific – in a survey a few days after the event, over 90% said the organisation of the event and the venue were excellent or good. The Environment Centre Green Shop stall sold more than any previous year and our Shop Coordinator had to pop back to the Centre for more stock three times on the Sunday. One interesting statistic: the Centre sold more than 120 pairs of bamboo socks!

Autumn Habitats Display

Nature On The Doorstep

Swansea Council’s Nature Conservation Team have given us their exciting new display promoting Nature On The Doorstep. There are some great photos and some lovely informative pop up banners.

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.

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.

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.