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Well we’ve known it all along, but now its official! Karen has been recognised by the Prime Minister as a ‘point of light’ – an outstanding, inspirational individual who is making a difference in her community as a volunteer. Delighted to accept the award on behalf of the whole Rubbish Diet community, Karen also calls for better design and better service provision.
David Cameron said: “Through ‘The Rubbish Diet’ Karen has inspired and supported thousands of people to cut down on their waste. Her work has helped to keep hundreds of tonnes of rubbish out of landfill, as well as helping families to reduce food waste and save money. Karen’s commitment to tackling waste is outstanding and I am delighted to recognise her as the UK’s 509th Point of Light.”
Karen said: “It’s a real honour to have been recognised for this award. With recycling rates flat-lining and food waste being such a significant issue, every positive change we can make at home is now vital.
“I am proud of how many people The Rubbish Diet has helped. While many find The Rubbish Diet an easy challenge, others find making changes more tricky and this is often down to local facilities. We try to make reducing waste as easy as possible for our Dieters whilst also calling for changes in design and better reuse and recycling systems. Behind the scenes, we continue to strive to influence policy through our engagement with retailers, industry and politicians and I hope this will make high-level conversations much easier to access. I am delighted to have been awarded a Point of Light and would like to use this as an opportunity to thank everyone who has taken The Rubbish Diet, who are all volunteers in creating a more resourceful UK.”
Bury MP Jo Churchill said:“Karen’s contribution to our local community in Bury St Edmunds has been immense and her dedication to promoting a more sustainable lifestyle is outstanding.
“I would go as far as to describe her as a ‘one woman wonder’. She thoroughly deserves the recognition of the Point of Light Award.”